Taking a blood sample from the caudal vein of a smallmouth bass
Nonlethal smallmouth bass sampling is being done to address health concerns and population declines that may be associated with polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the upper Potomac River. As part of our nonlethal sampling methods, blood/plasma can be analyzed for PFAS in smallmouth bass. PFAS is a known carcinogen and thyroid, immune, and endocrine disruptor. To learn more, please check out our latest manuscript on PFAS bioaccumulation in the plasma of smallmouth bass at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8198932/pdf/ijerph-18-0588….