Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 168, Issue 1–4, pp 223–230 | Cite as

Metals in tissues of fish from Yelkoma Lagoon, northeastern Mediterranean

  • Aysun Türkmen
  • Mustafa Türkmen
  • Yalçın Tepe
  • Mustafa Çekiç


This study was performed to investigate the metal concentrations in muscle, liver, gonad, and gill of gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L., 1758), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax L., 1758), and keeled mullet (Liza carinata Valenciennes, 1836) from Yelkoma Lagoon, northeastern Mediterranean region. So, the levels of cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, lead, and zinc in tissues of specimens from the lagoon were determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. Concentrations of metals in muscles of the examined species ranged from 0.10 to 0.47 mg kg − 1 for cadmium, 0.10 to 0.43 mg kg − 1 for cobalt, 0.17 to 0.72 mg kg − 1 for chromium, 0.62 to 1.03 mg kg − 1 for copper, 28.9 to 52.3 mg kg − 1 for iron, 0.75 to 0.96 mg kg − 1 for manganese, 0.11 to 0.57 mg kg − 1 for nickel, 0.19 to 0.47 mg kg − 1 for lead, and 6.01 to 13.9 mg kg − 1 for zinc, respectively. Additionally, metal concentrations in muscles of fish were assessed for human uses according to provisional tolerable weekly intake and provisional tolerable daily intake.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aysun Türkmen
    • 1
  • Mustafa Türkmen
    • 2
  • Yalçın Tepe
    • 2
  • Mustafa Çekiç
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and ArtsGiresun UniversityGiresunTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and ArtsGiresun UniversityGiresunTurkey
  3. 3.Yumurtalık Vocational SchoolÇukurova UniversityYumurtalıkTurkey

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