Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: North Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

North Carolina Project

A comprehensive examination of endocrine disrupting compounds and intersex fish in North Carolina water bodies.

July 2011 - June 2016


Participating Agencies

  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

To address these issues and significant data gaps in North Carolina water bodies, we have developed the following aims with the goal of establishing a comprehensive understanding of the impact of EDC contaminants to fisheries in the state. Objectives: 1. Develop a GIS-based map of potential sources of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) in North Carolina water bodies. 2. Conduct a statewide survey for the presence of EDCs and intersex in common fish in North Carolina water bodies. 3. Quantify seasonal dynamics of EDCs and intersex in NC water bodies and fish. 4. Conduct intensive field research and experimental bioassays on intersex fish and EDC dynamics in the Pee Dee River Basin. 5. Laboratory assessment of endocrine disruption and intersex in Pee Dee River water mixtures.