Study examines factors in fish contamination
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 09:13 AM EDT
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Researchers at Grand Valley State University are studying how watershed landscapes can affect fish contamination.
Water resources professor Rick Rediske says the project should shed light on how pollutants such as PCBs are transferred from salmon in places where they spawn to other fish species in those streams.
Rediske said the research will help scientists and fishery managers understand how removing barriers in certain waterways might affect native fish populations. Much of the research will take place in trout streams where dam and barrier removal could allow salmon farther upstream.
Researchers will take samples from 15 different sites, which will include different landscape variables and watersheds.
The research will be funded by a two-year grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.