Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 146, Issue 1–3, pp 277–284 | Cite as

Assessment of heavy metals in two commercial fish species of four Turkish seas

  • Yalçın Tepe
  • Mustafa Türkmen
  • Aysun Türkmen


There is an increasingly need to assess the contaminant levels in fish as indicators of the health and well-being of both the fish and their consumers, including humans. Fish samples were collected through the coastal waters of Turkey and the contents of cadmium, copper, chrome, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, zinc and lead in the liver and muscle tissues were determined by ICP-AES. The highest levels of each metal were found in the liver and this was followed by the muscle in both species. Among the metals analyzed, Cu, Zn and Fe were the most abundant in the different tissues while Cd and Pb were the least abundant both in Mullus barbatus (red mullet) and Merlangius merlangus (whiting). Regional changes in metal (Cd, Cu, Pb, Fe and Zn) concentration were observed in the tissues of both species, but these variations may not influence consumption advisories.


Metals Tissue distribution Red Mullet Whiting Coastal waters Turkey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yalçın Tepe
    • 1
  • Mustafa Türkmen
    • 1
  • Aysun Türkmen
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Fisheries and Aquatic SciencesMustafa Kemal UniversityİskenderunTurkey
  2. 2.Food Quality Control Laboratory of HatayMinistry of Agriculture and Rural AffairsAntakyaTurkey

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