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Table Wq04: Contaminants in Fish Tissue in the Gasconade River

Table Wq04: Contaminants in Fish Tissue in the Gasconade River

(mg/kg) within sampling sites of the Gasconade River. Sample sites 3 were at Jerome, MO (1), Mt. Sterling, MO (2), Gasconade River at Highway 50 (3).
YR Site3 Species RF1 P2 Chlordn Dieldrn DDT/MTB PCBs PB HG
79 1 Red 12 W 0.052 0.008   Trace   0.15
79 1 Carp 12 W 0.026 Trace   Trace   0.17
79 1 L Bass 12 W 0.025 0.005   Trace   0.430
79 1 Red 12 W 0.041 0.009   Trace   0.1
79 1 Sun 12 W 0.017 0.005   Trace   0.14
79 1 Red 12 W 0.005 0.010   Trace   0.15
80 1 Red 11 W ND ND ND ND   0.04
81 1 Carp 11 W ND ND ND ND   0.05
82 1 Red 11 W ND ND 0.024 ND   0.06
83 1 Carp 11 W 0.23 0.10 0.077 0.25   0.03
84 1 B Red 11 W ND ND 0.030 ND   0.07
84 1 B Red 11 W ND ND 0.014 ND   0. 06
84 1 B Red 11 W ND ND 0.009 ND   0.06
85 1 G Red 11 W 0.04 ND ND ND   0.06
85 1 B Red 11 W 0.05 ND ND ND   0.05
86 1 B Red 11 W 0.038 LT 0.001 0.041 0.27   0.075
87 1 B Red 11 W 0.02 0.007 0.033 LT 0.183   0.088
88 1 G Red 11 W 0.027 0.012 0.053 LT 0.210   0.306
89 2 G Red 18 F LT 0.20     LT 0.050    
89 2 CH Cat 18 F 0.109     LT 0.050    
89 2 CH Cat 18 F 0.062     LT 0.050    
89 1 B Red 11 W 0.036 LT 0.007 0.033 LT 0.120   0.288
90 1 Carp 11 W 0.04 0.019 0.024 LT 0.160   0.092
92 1 B Red 11 W ND ND ND ND LT 0.500 0.153
93 1 G Red 11 W 0.047 LT 0.002 0.038 0.060 LT 0.170 0.159
94 1 B Red 11 W LT 0.03 LT 0.002 0.025 LT 0.050 LT 0.170 0.074
94 1 B Red 11 W LT 0.03 LT 0.002 0.035 LT 0.058 LT 0.170 0.144
97 3 Carp 18 F LT 0.020 LT 0.002 ND ND LT 0.01 0.144
97 3 Red 18 F 0.036 LT 0.002 ND ND LT 0.01 0.260
97 3 Bass 18 F ND ND ND ND LT 0.01 0.494

Levels of Concern: FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have identified action levels for chlordane as 0.3 mg/kg, (HG) mercury as 1.0 mg/kg, and PCBs as 1.0 mg/kg. Nationl Academy of Sciences action levels for DDT, dieldrin, chlordane (sum total)--0.3 mg/kg; and 5 mg/kg for DDT. 1RF 11,12=DNR/EPA, 18=MDC; 2P W=Whole, F=Fillet; Species -- Red=redhorse, Carp=carp, Sun=sunfish, L Bass=Largemouth bass, B Red=black redhorse, G Red=golden redhorse, CH Cat=channel catfish, BL Red=black sucker.

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Conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life.

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