Deepwater Horizon Seafood Safety Response - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Seafood Safety Response

Metadata Updated: February 7, 2018

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, there was concern about the risk to human health through consumption of contaminated seafood from the region. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in collaboration with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency, and Gulf Coast States, worked together to ensure that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico was safe to eat by developing seafood safety criteria, monitoring procedures, re-opening protocols, as well as seafood surveillance monitoring plans. As part of this seafood safety assessment, edible tissues of seafood collected in state and federal waters were tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and dispersants using sensory testing, as well as chemical analyses. To increase the analytical capacities of laboratories testing seafood from the Gulf, the FDA developed and validated high-performance liquid chromatography/fluorescence and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry methods (in conjunction with NOAA) that accurately and precisely measured chemical compounds, including dispersants, associated with this oil spill event. Thousands of seafood samples collected during reopening and surveillance in the Gulf, as well as those obtained dockside and in the marketplace, have been analyzed using these methods. This dataset includes information on levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dispersant component dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate in edible tissues of commercially and recreationally important seafood species collected in Federal waters in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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Metadata Date April 5, 2017
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) December 30, 2011 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date April 5, 2017
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) December 30, 2011 (publication)
Responsible Party (); Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Point of Contact, Custodian)
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Access Constraints Access Constraints: The data is stored in a password-protected database behind the NWFSC firewall. Applicant must sign a Statement of Nondisclosure prior to receiving access to confidential information. Contact the Point Of Contact for this Statement of Nondisclosure. | Use Constraints: Disclaimer - While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2010-05-04
Temporal Extent End 2011-12-30

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