Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 184, Issue 8, pp 5097–5104 | Cite as

Heavy metals concentration in edible fishes from coastal region of Kalpakkam, southeastern part of India

  • Sudeepta Biswas
  • R. Krishna Prabhu
  • K. Jahir Hussain
  • M. Selvanayagam
  • Kamala Kanta SatpathyEmail author


Concentrations of Cu, Mn, Zn, Fe, Cr, and Pb were estimated using ICP-MS in nine commercially important and locally consumed fish species (Sarda orientalis, Scomberomorus commerson, Rastrelliger kanagurta, Sardinella longiceps, Paraplagusia bilineata, Cynoglossus lida, Cynoglossus macrostomus, Lepturacanthus savala, and Siganus javus) collected from coastal waters of Kalpakkam, eastern part of India. Their concentration (μg g−1) in the examined fish species ranged as follows: Cu (0.8–6.5), Zn (14.3–27.9), Mn (0.5–8.8), Fe (17.6–117.0), Cr (0.24–1.78), and Pb (0.18–2.29). Concentrations of most of the metals in the fish species studied were found to be safe for human consumption barring Mn.


Heavy metals Fish Southeast coast of India 



Authors are thankful to Director, IGCAR and Director, Chemistry Group, IGCAR for their encouragement and for providing all the facilities in carrying out this work. The authors also thank Mr. K.N. Balaji for his help in processing the samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sudeepta Biswas
    • 1
  • R. Krishna Prabhu
    • 2
  • K. Jahir Hussain
    • 1
  • M. Selvanayagam
    • 3
  • Kamala Kanta Satpathy
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Environment and Safety DivisionRadiological Safety and Environmental Group, IGCARKalpakkamIndia
  2. 2.MPCS, Material Chemistry DivisionChemistry Group, IGCARKalpakkamIndia
  3. 3.LIFELoyola CollegeChennaiIndia

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