Current Research Efforts in Determining the Effects of Tributyltin Use in Marine Paints in the Chesapeake Bay Estuary

by Darcey Rosenblatt, Technical Resources Inc, Rockville, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


In the mid-seventies, manufacturers of marine paint began to use a tin-based biocide called tributyltin or TBT. TBT has been found to be very effective in slowing the biofouling process. Tributyltins are suspected to be toxic to a wide variety of aquatic life. TBT seems to be particularly toxic to larval and adult bivalve molluscs and certain species of alga. This paper discusses the subject in terms of the Navy's Organotin Program, and the EPA's special review.

Subject Headings: Bays | Estuaries | Water pollution | Environmental issues | Fouling | Aquatic habitats | Lifeline systems | Federal government

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