Chemical Contaminants

What are chemical contaminants?

Chemical contaminants are toxic substances that can harm the health of humans and wildlife. These substances include pesticides, pharmaceuticals, metals and more.

What are the most common chemical contaminants found in the Chesapeake Bay?

The most common chemical contaminants found in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides and mercury.

What are endocrine disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of an organism’s hormone system. Endocrine disruptors can, for example, create intersex conditions in fish.

What is a fish consumption advisory?

A fish consumption advisory is a public health notice that warns people about the possible health risks associated with eating fish or shellfish from a certain waterway.

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