Assessment of metal concentrations (Cu, Zn, and Pb) in seawater, sediment and biota samples in the coastal area of Eastern Black Sea, Turkey

Baltas H., SIRIN M., Dalgıç G., BAYRAK E. Y., AKDENIZ A.

MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, vol.122, pp.475-482, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 122
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.06.059
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.475-482
  • Keywords: Eastern Black Sea, Heavy metal, Mussel, Sea snail, Daily intake dose, HEAVY-METALS, ELEMENT CONCENTRATIONS, MARINE, WATERS, GALLOPROVINCIALIS, ORGANISMS, QUALITY, REGION
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated the contents of Cu, Zn and Pb in seawater, sediment, different shell sizes of mussel (Mytilus galloprovinciaIis) and sea snail (Rapana venosa) samples collected from four different provinces of the Eastern Black Sea Region. With the exception of Zn, all the metal concentration values measured in the sea snail were observed to be higher than those of mussels in all stations. While the correlation between mussels and sea snail according to metal concentrations was found to be positive (p < 0.05), this relation was not observed between the other parameters, such as the shell sizes, salinity and pH (p > 0.05). Although the mean concentration values of Cu, Zn, and Pb for mussel and sea snail are significantly above the tolerable levels, the estimated daily intake values for mussel were below the daily intake recommended.