Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 509–518 | Cite as

POP levels in blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and edible fish from the eastern Mediterranean coast

  • Serkan Tekin
  • Idil PaziEmail author
Research Article


Organochlorinated pesticides and Aroclors were measured in the muscle of two edible fish species (gray mullet, sea bream) and blue crab, collected from eastern Mediterranean coast in 2013. The concentration of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) and Aroclors in biota samples which were collected at six sites ranged from 1.0–8.6 and 9–47.5 ng g−1 wet weight, respectively. Total DDT concentrations in seafood samples were compared to tolerance level established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the concentrations were detected below the tolerence level. Health risk assessment was conducted related to the consumption of chemically contaminated seafood. The estimated daily intake of OCPs calculated by using the estimated daily fish consumption in Turkey was far below the acceptable daily intake as established by FAO/WHO. Our data indicated that consumption of blue crab, gray mullet, and sea bream collected from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey could pose “no risk” for human health in terms of OCPs.


Pesticide Aroclors Blue crab Sea bream Gray mullet Eastern Mediterranean coast 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre For Drug Research and Development and Pharmacokinetic Applications (ARGEFAR)Ege UniversityIzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Institute of Marine Sciences and TechnologyDokuz Eylul UniversityIzmirTurkey

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