Assessment of Metals in Fish from Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia


DOI: 10.1007/s00244-007-9027-z

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Roach, A.C., Maher, W. & Krikowa, F. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol (2008) 54: 292. doi:10.1007/s00244-007-9027-z


The concentrations of the metals cadmium, copper, mercury, lead, silver, selenium and zinc were measured in the muscle and gonad tissues of five species of fish, yellowfin bream (Acanthopagrus australis), silverbiddy (Gerres subfasciatus) and trumpeter whiting (Sillago maculata), southern log finned goby (Favonigobious lateralis), and the halfbridled goby (Arenigobius frenatus) from the contaminated Lake Macquarie NSW and three relatively uncontaminated reference estuaries, Wallis Lake, Port Stephens, and St. Georges Basin NSW. Fish from Lake Macquarie were found to have elevated concentrations of selenium, lead, cadmium, and zinc in one or both of these tissues in these species. Increased concentrations relative to background concentrations were most often observed at Cockle Bay, the site with the highest concentrations of these metals in sediments. The degree to which fish accumulated metals appeared to be related to life history characteristics of the species, with sediment-dwelling fish showing the greatest propensity to accumulate metals.


Lake Macquarie Metals Fish Bioaccumulation Estuaries Sediments Cadmium Lead Selenium Zinc Australia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecotoxicology and Environmental Contaminants SectionNew South Wales Department of Environment and Climate ChangeLidcombeAustralia
  2. 2.Ecochemistry LaboratoryInstitute of Applied Ecology, Health, Design and Science, University of CanberraBruceAustralia