The purpose of this work is to provide an intermediate-level primer on why and how chemicals are accumulated by aquatic organisms (bioaccumulation). This is an important issue because of the potential effects of bioaccumulated chemicals on fish, wildlife, and ultimately, on humans.
The objective of this course is the effect of chemicals on fish, wildlife and ultimately on humans. The chemicals emphasized in this primer are the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and in particular the sixteen priority pollutant PAHs (selected by the U.S. EPA). Aquatic organisms are emphasized, but much of this information applies to terrestrial organisms as well. Key factors governing bioaccumulation are described to facilitate an understanding of this complex phenomenon. The factors include those related to the properties of the contaminant, the characteristics of the exposure media (environment), the organisms, and the supporting food chains.
American Petroleum InstituteReview the quiz before studying the course.
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