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Total Mercury in Liver and Muscle Tissue of Two Coastal Sharks from the Northwest of Mexico

  • Rocío Hurtado-Banda
  • Agustín Gomez-Alvarez
  • J. Fernando Márquez-Farías
  • Marcial Cordoba-Figueroa
  • Gerardo Navarro-García
  • Luis Ángel Medina-Juárez
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Abstract

Total mercury (THg) in liver and muscle of three costal sharks from Mexico were evaluated. The highest concentrations of THg in muscle tissue of juveniles were found in Sphyrna lewini (0.82 ± 0.33 mg kg−1 wet basis). Rhizoprionodon longurio adults had the highest concentrations (0.92 ± 1.03 mg kg−1). THg concentrations in liver were low compared to those found in muscle tissue; higher levels were found in liver of juvenile S. lewini (0.250 ± 0.07 mg kg−1). Results showed that 35 % of muscle tissue samples are above the precautionary limit (0.50 mg kg−1 of THg) and a 7 % exceeded the maximum limit for human consumption (1 mg kg−1).

Keywords

Total mercury Toxicity Elasmobranchs Fisheries 

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Acknowledgments

We express our sincere appreciation to the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) for the support granted to carry out this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rocío Hurtado-Banda
    • 1
  • Agustín Gomez-Alvarez
    • 2
  • J. Fernando Márquez-Farías
    • 3
  • Marcial Cordoba-Figueroa
    • 4
  • Gerardo Navarro-García
    • 1
  • Luis Ángel Medina-Juárez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Investigaciones Científicas y TecnológicasUniversidad de SonoraHermosilloMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Ingeniería QuímicaUniversidad de SonoraHermosilloMexico
  3. 3.Facultad de Ciencias del MarUniversidad Autónoma de SinaloaMazatlánMexico
  4. 4.Departamento de FisicoquímicaAnalítica del Noroeste Laboratorios S.A. de C.VHermosilloMexico

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