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It is well documented that many California coastal environments are contaminated, such as industrialized and developed shorelines, ports and marinas, and in regions around wastewater treatment plant outfalls. Potential hazards to public and ecosystem health from pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern continue to be difficult to manage and present a wide range of unknown problems for both ecosystem and public health. Sea Grant funded researchers have begun to document and understand how anthropogenic chemicals in the marine environment cause endocrine and physiological disruption, such as changes to reproductive and metabolic characteristics and changes in growth. Changes like these have a strong potential to threaten survival in a variety of different species residing in coastal California including flatfish, surfperch and sculpin. Other research works on developing powerful diagnostic tools that will enhance assessment and understanding of the effects of contaminant inside marine organisms.

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