Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 90, Issue 6, pp 697–701

Mercury Concentrations in South Atlantic Swordfish, Xiphias gladius, Caught off the Coast of Brazil

  • Marianna Vaz Rodrigues
  • Ricardo Seiti Yamatogi
  • Mateus José Sudano
  • Júlia Arantes Galvão
  • Agar Costa Alexandrino de Pérez
  • Germano Francisco Biondi
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00128-013-0989-4

Cite this article as:
Rodrigues, M.V., Yamatogi, R.S., Sudano, M.J. et al. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol (2013) 90: 697. doi:10.1007/s00128-013-0989-4

Abstract

This study evaluated the concentrations of mercury in fillets (anterior, middle, and end regions) from the swordfish, Xiphias gladius, and the relationships between mercury concentration and fish weight, as well as the region of collection. Of a total of 697 swordfish analyzed, 11 had mercury concentrations above 1 mg/kg, 421 were between 0.5 and 1.0 mg/kg, and 265 were below 0.5 mg/kg. The anterior and posterior regions had greater concentrations of mercury than the middle region, and fish caught off the northern coast of Brazil had a higher concentration than those caught off the southern coast.

Keywords

MercuryHeavy metalsSwordfishFood safety

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianna Vaz Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Ricardo Seiti Yamatogi
    • 1
  • Mateus José Sudano
    • 2
  • Júlia Arantes Galvão
    • 1
  • Agar Costa Alexandrino de Pérez
    • 3
  • Germano Francisco Biondi
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Higiene Veterinária e Saúde PúblicaUniversidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”BotucatuBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Reprodução Animal e Radiologia VeterináriaUniversidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”BotucatuBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de PescaSecretaria da Agricultura e AbastecimentoSantosBrazil