Contaminant levels in whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals are measured in blubber, muscle and liver. In addition, diet is studied macroscopically through stomach analyzes as well as through DNA Barcoding analyzes of stomach content, fatty acid analysis in blubber and stable isotope analyses in muscle.
Humpback whale, minke whale, long finned pilot whale, killer whale, white beaked dolphin, harbor porpoise and harp seal are sampled.
Tissues that are analyzed are blubber, muscle, liver and stomach content.
Data will be stored in excel spreadsheet at the Institute. Data will be available to AMAP if requested.
A technical report will be written when all results have been delivered. Two scientific publications are planned, and results will be presented at International Conference(s). A brochure has been printed and a meeting with local hunters in Tasiilaq took place September 2017 and is planned again in 2018.
Blubber, muscle, liver and kidneys are sampled frozen ( -25 degrees) at the institute. Also, stomach parasites have been collected and stored in etanol and hard parts from stomach content is stored dry at room temperature.
The chemical laboratories are involved with validation practices.
Sampling is carried out in collaboration with local hunters