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

ALKAN N., AKTAS M., Gedik K.

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

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 88 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00128-012-0631-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.807-812
  • Keywords: Black sea, Metals, Red mullet, Whiting, HEAVY-METALS, TRACE-METAL, TURKEY, BEHAVIOR
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: No


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.