Comparison of Metal Accumulation in Fish Species from the Southeastern Black Sea


BULLETIN OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY, vol.88, no.6, pp.807-812, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


In this study, it was aimed to determine accumulation of the metal concentrations in fish species in different regions which are Surmene and Yomra bay at southeastern Black sea in Trabzon-Turkey. For this purpose, concentrations of metals (Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Cd, Sb, Hg, Pb) were measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in muscle of red mullet (Mullus barbatus ponticus) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus euxinus). Metal concentrations were found for whiting ranged as follows; 0.35-1.64 (Cr), 0.01-0.09 (Co), 0.01-0.71 (Ni), 0.71-1.45 (Cu), 18.64-68.06 (Zn), 2.05-9.66 (As), 0.15-14.16 (Se), 0.01-0.22 (Cd), 0.01-0.01 (Sb), 0.01-0.15 (Hg), 0.01-0.25 (Pb) and for red mullet as 0.43-1.04 (Cr), 0.05-0.23 (Co), 0.02-0.67 (Ni), 0.74-2.32 (Cu), 19.89-43.50 (Zn), 6.04-24.82 (As), 0.02-9.83 (Se), 0.01-0.11 (Cd), 0.01-0.01 (Sb), 0.07-0.18 (Hg), 0.01-0.20 (Pb) mu g g(-1) dry weight. Metal concentrations in samples were found to be lower than legal limits proposed by Turkish Food Codex (2008), Food and Agricultural Organization (1983), and European Commission (Off J Eur Union L364-5-L364-24, 2006) for human consumption.