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Metals in Fish along the Southeast Coast of India


Metal concentrations (cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, copper, manganese, zinc and mercury) in the muscle of five fish species (Epinephelus chlorostigma, Lutjanus russelli, Terapon jarbua, Cynoglossus arel and Lagocephalus lunaris) from the six fish landing centres along southeast coast of India were measured. In Cuddalore and Mudasalodai, the level of toxic metals cadmium, chromium and manganese were well above the permissible limits. Concentrations of cadmium, chromium, manganese and mercury in C. arel were above the permissible limit and it is consistent with their habitat and diet. The results showed a relationship between metal concentrations and pollution status of the areas.

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The authors are thankful to the authorities of Annamalai University and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi (Govt. of India) for the facilities.

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Thiyagarajan, D., Dhaneesh, K.V., Ajith Kumar, T.T. et al. Metals in Fish along the Southeast Coast of India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 88, 582–588 (2012).

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  • Metals
  • Tissues
  • Fish
  • Southeast coast of India