Organochlorine contamination in selected estuarine and coastal marine finfish and shellfish of New Jersey

Michael J. Kennish, Bruce E. Ruppel

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Analysis of PCB, DDT, and chlordane contamination in selected finfish and shellfish species from estuarine and coastal marine waters of New Jersey (U.S.A.) indicates consistently highest organochlorine contaminant levels in samples from the north and northeast regions of the state in proximity to industrialized sites. Gas chromatographic analysis of tissue samples from three finfish species (bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix; striped bass, Morone saxatilis; weakfish, Cynoscion regalis) and one shellfish species (blue crab, Callinectes sapidus) collected throughout the state during the 1986-1987 and 1988-1991 sampling periods revealed mean PCB, DDT, and chlordane concentrations ranging from 200-5380 μg g-1 wet weight, 25.14-492.52 μg kg-1 wet weight, and 5-106.44 μg kg-1 wet weight, respectively. A major conclusion of this study is that some commercially and recreationally important finfish and shellfish species in New Jersey waters, especially those which are lipid-rich, have continued to accumulate PCBs, DDTs and chlordane from the environment long after restrictive regulations were first placed on their use in the United States during the 1970s. The greatest impact of organochlorine contamination is nearby urban centers, most notably Newark and New York City.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-136
Number of pages14
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution


  • Chlordane
  • Contamination
  • DDT
  • Finfish
  • New Jersey
  • PCB
  • Shellfish


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