Butyltin concentrations in oysters from the Gulf of Mexico from 1989 to 1991. Academic Article uri icon


  • Oyster samples from 53 Gulf of Mexico coastal sites were collected and analyzed for butyltins during 1989, 1990, and 1991. The geometric-mean tributylin concentrations were 85, 30, and 43 ng Sn/g for 1989, 1990, and 1991, respectively. The tributyltin concentrations are best represented by a log-normal distribution. A decline in the butyltin concentrations at sites with relatively low butyltin concentrations for 1989 compared with 1990 and 1991 was observed, and, at relatively high butyltin concentrations (> 400 ng Sn/g), there was hardly any difference between 1989 and 1991, but lower concentrations were present in 1990. Continued monitoring is needed in order to determine if butyltin contamination of the coastal marine environment is decreasing in response to use limitations.

published proceedings

  • Environ Pollut

author list (cited authors)

  • Garcia-Romero, B., Wade, T. L., Salata, G. G., & Brooks, J. M.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Garcia-Romero, B||Wade, TL||Salata, GG||Brooks, JM

publication date

  • January 1993