Killifish Thriving in New Bedford Harbor Despite PCBs

North American killifish Photo/Wikipedia
North American killifish Photo/Wikipedia

There’s something wrong with the killifish in New Bedford Harbor. They should be dead.

Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution conducting a two-decade-long study of killifish say that the ones thriving in the harbor are contaminated with levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that are so high the fish “should not be able to survive.”

“The fact that they are even there at all, that they are surviving in this highly polluted environment is remarkable,” said Mark Hahn, a senior scientist at Woods Hole. “The amount of PCBs in their systems is higher than the lethal concentration for that species.”

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