This dataset contains biliary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) equivalents for 92 species of fish collected aboard multiple research and fishing vessels (R/V Weatherbird II, F/V Pisces, F/V Offshore Account, LA Wildlife & Fisheries) in the Gulf of Mexico from 2011-08-16 to 2018-08-22. Several species of fish ad sharks were obtained during the 2011-2018 C-IMAGE demersal and pelagic longline cruises. Fish livers were removed and biliary PAH equivalents were analyzed for naphthalene, phenanthrene and benzo(a)pyrene using high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detector (HPLC-FLD) methodology. The dataset contains the location, date, species of fish from which liver was examined, and the total biliary PAH equivalents for naphthalene, phenanthrene and benzo(a)pyrene. The cruise documentation was provided for the F/V Pisces, F/V Offshore Account, LA Wildlife & Fisheries, and R/V Weatherbird II cruises (WB-1304, WB-1318, WB-1410, WB-1403, WB-1502, WB-1602, WB-1603, WB-1701, WB-1736, WB-1731, and WB-1810), led by chief scientists Dr. Steven Murawski, Dr. David Hollander and Dr. Ernst Peebles. Other related datasets are available under GRIIDC Unique dataset Identifiers (UDIs) R1.x135.121:0001, R1.x135.121:0010, and R1.x135.121:0011. This dataset supports the publication: Pulster, E. L., Gracia, A., Snyder, S. M., Romero, I. C., Carr, B., Toro-Farmer, G., & Murawski, S. A. (2019). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Baselines in Gulf of Mexico Fishes. Scenarios and Responses to Future Deep Oil Spills, 253–271. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12963-7_15


Data and metadata is made available by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) through a CC0 license in compliance with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The original dataset landing pages may be accessed at GRIIDC’s dataset monitoring webpage.

Data users are encouraged to contact the originating investigator prior to data use and provide appropriate credit.


Data were collected as part of the C-IMAGE Gulf-wide surveys in order to characterize the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on benthic species. The biliary data will be used to evaluate spatio-temporal changes in PAH exposures over time.


bile, biliary, fish, shark, demersal, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), Biliary PAH equivalents, high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detector (HPLC-FLD)





Point of Contact

Pulster, Erin
University of South Florida
College of Marine Science
140 7th Ave South
St. Petersburg , FL 33701

Funding Source


Start of Data Collection

August 2011

End of Data Collection

August 2018



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