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Marine Sediment Monitoring: Sediment Quality Changes in the Strait of Georgia 1997-2006

 
Publication number Date Published
12-03-002February 2012
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Author(s) Partridge, V., E. Long, S. Weakland, K. Welch, and M. Dutch
Description In 2006 Ecology surveyed sediment quality in the embayments along the southern Strait of Georgia. The study characterized region-wide sediment quality and determined whether sediment quality had changed since a similar survey in 1997. Measurements of sediment chemistry, toxicity, and invertebrate community structure at 40 randomly selected stations indicated that:
*Overall, chemical contamination declined.
*Sediment toxicity results were mixed, with little net change.
*Benthic invertebrate community health worsened significantly.
*High sediment quality decreased region-wide, and intermediate sediment quality increased.

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Keywords benthic, marine sediment, monitoring, toxic
WEB PAGE Marine Sediment Monitoring
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