Screening the Levels of Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Chromium, Zinc, Mercury, and Thallium in the Traditional Food-Lobster of Eel River Bar First Nation
The purpose of this project was to examine the concentrations of heavy metal contaminants: cadmium, lead, arsenic, and mercury as well as chromium, thallium and zinc within the lobster traditionally consumed by the Mi’gmaq of Eel River Bar, New Brunswick.
A total of 44 lobsters we tested, where 22 were cooked and 22 were raw. Due to high laboratory analysis costs, a decision was made to test both lobster meat and tomalley together for each lobster.
The mean concentrations for all 44 lobsters were found to be lower than the maximum allowed levels according to International standards for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. However, when observing the levels of heavy metals in individual lobsters, five (5) lobster had levels of cadmium that were in excess of its respecting International standard of 0.5 mg/kg set by the Commission of the European Communities. There were no International standards identified for chromium, thallium and zinc in lobster. There was no observed correlation on the concentrations of heavy metals between raw and cooked lobster.
- Year: 2011-2012
- Status: Complete
- Project Funding Source: Health Canada – RFNCP
Launch of Smolt Wheel on the Matapedia River
The Gespe’gewa’gi Institute of Natural Understanding (GINU) field season has officially kicked off with the launch of a smolt wheel on the Matapedia River. The smolt wheel is a rotary screw trap floating in the river, and it collects juvenile Atlantic salmon out migrating to the ocean.
The captured smolts are measured, tagged and then released. The smolt wheel was placed in the river on May 15th and will be removed around June 10th.
GINU team members reflect on name change and what GINU represents to them
Launch of Fish Friends Program