To achieve this outcome, Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to:
- Summarizing and supplying information to make fish and shellfish safe for human consumption;
- Documenting the occurrence, concentrations and sources of endocrine disruptors and other contaminants degrading the health of fish, shellfish and wildlife;
- Better understanding the influence of contaminants in degrading the health and contributing to the mortality of fish, shellfish and wildlife, with a focus on high-value, rare and endangered species;
- Assessing the relative risk and options for mitigation of contaminants to inform policy and prevention; and
- Gathering information on issues of emerging concern, including microplastics and contaminant toxicity to pollinators.
Monitoring and assessing progress toward the outcome will occur through a range of environmental indicators, including the occurrence of mercury, PCBs and other toxic contaminants and the number and location of fish health consumption advisories.
As part of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s partnership-wide implementation of adaptive management, progress toward this outcome was reviewed and discussed by the Management Board in May of 2018.