Contamination of Oysters by Pesticides

by Donald R. Rowe, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Ogden Coll. of Sci. and Technol., Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, KY,
Larry W. Canter, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Envir. Sci., Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK,
J. W. Mason, Instructor; Riverside Res. Labs., Belle Chasse, LA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 5, Pg. 1221-1234

Document Type: Journal Paper


The oyster concerned was the American or Eastern oyster, specifically Crassostrea virginica; the study area was near Barataria Bay and approximately forty miles south of New Orleans. The sample collection was conducted on approximately a bimonthly basis from October 1968 through May 1969. The interaction of dieldrin and endrin with the bottom sediment was evaluated in order to try to determine if the sediment could be a source of pesticides for the oysters. The influence of organic matter in the sediment as well as the pH and salinity were evaluated.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Pollution | Pesticides | Bays | Organic matter | pH | Salinity | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

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