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Health Risk Assessment from Mercury Levels in Bycatch Fish Species from the Coasts of Guerrero, Mexico (Eastern Pacific)

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Abstract

With the aim of determining Hg distribution in muscle and liver of bycatch fish from Guerrero state in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and assess the potential risk to consumer, Hg was quantified in 14 species of bycatch fish. For the majority of fish the order of Hg levels was liver > muscle. The highest concentration corresponded to the liver of Isopisthus remifer (2.05 µg g−1) and the lowest (0.02 µg g−1) was detected in muscle of Prionotus sp. The highest hazard quotient (0.75) was found in the Mexican milkfish Micropogonias ectenes; considering all the individuals, mean hazard quotient was 0.336.

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To J. Patrón-Gómez for laboratory work and F. Vázquez-Melchor for fish sampling. Thanks are also due to DELFÍN Program. This project was funded by the Ministry of Public Education (Project REDES PROMEP/103.5/13/9366).

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Spanopoulos-Zarco, P., Ruelas-Inzunza, J., Meza-Montenegro, M. et al. Health Risk Assessment from Mercury Levels in Bycatch Fish Species from the Coasts of Guerrero, Mexico (Eastern Pacific). Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 93, 334–338 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-014-1311-9

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Keywords

  • Mercury
  • Bycatch fish
  • Shrimp fishery
  • Guerrero coast
  • Risk assessment