Temporal trends and spatial variations in persistent organic pollutants and metals in sea-run char from the Canadian Arctic
Nain Research Centre
The purpose of this Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) funded study is to understand how concentrations of mercury are changing over time in sea-run Arctic char and if trends are similar across the Canadian Arctic.
Current results show that concentrations of mercury in sea-run char from Nunatsiavut are very low and char are a healthy and safe choice of country food for Nunatsiavvimiut.
This project partners with the Youth Outreach Program and the Nain Community Freezer. Youth from the program participate in the harvesting and sample preparation, with all char, after sampling, going to the community freezer.
The larger NCP project currently involves annual sampling at Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet using the same methods.