This dataset contains the concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in liver tissue of golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) collected aboard multiple R/V Weatherbird II cruises WB1304 (2012-08-13 to 2012-08-25), WB1403 (2013-08-15 to 2013-08-30), WB1502 (2014-08-05 to 2014-08-20), WB1602 (2015-08-15 to 2015-08-30), WB1603 (2015-09-10 to 2015-10-02), WB1701 (2016-08-02 to 2016-09-09), and WB1736 (2017-07-18 to 2017-08-01) in the Gulf of Mexico during the Gulf of Mexico-wide surveys from 2012-2017. PAH was extracted from livers with a modified QuEChERS (Bond Elut, Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, USA) method optimized specifically for this study species. Extracts were analyzed using Agilent’s 7890B gas chromatograph (GC) coupled to a 7010 tandem mass spectrometer (MS/MS) operating in multiple reactions mode (MRM). The dataset contains the location, date and concentrations of multiple PAHs, as well as the total concentration of all polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs). Dataset also includes associated biometric description of fish such as sex, length, weight, fish weight, fish mass and mass of the liver. The cruise documentation was provided for the R/V Weatherbird II cruises WB 1304, WB1403, WB1502, WB1602, WB1701, and WB1736 led by chief scientists Dr. Steven Murawski and Dr. David Hollander.


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 to measure the accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in tissues of a commercially important demersal fish.


Fish, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs, Deepwater Horizon, Liver, Tilefish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, fish examination




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

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