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Assessment of Metal Concentrations in Two Cyprinid Fish Species (Leuciscus cephalus and Tinca tinca) Captured from Yeniçağa Lake, Turkey


This study was performed to investigate certain major and toxic metal concentrations in muscle, gill and liver tissues of two Cyprinid species (Leuciscus cephalus, Tinca tinca). Generally liver and gill tissue exhibited higher metal concentrations than did muscle. The highest metal concentrations found in tench and chub muscle tissues were determined to be Al (59.01–108 mg kg−1), Zn (45.23–57.81 mg kg−1), Fe (9.23–16.03 mg kg−1) and Ba (3.50–2.69 mg kg−1) respectively. The level of metal accumulation is evaluated for potential risk to human health based on international standards. Zinc, lead and arsenic values of muscle tissues of the fishes were found to be above the allowed limits for human consumption.

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This research was a part of the project financed by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey: “Determination of Heavy Metal Accumulation in the Food Chain of Yeniçağa Lake (Bolu)” ÇAYDAG-107Y180.

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Saygı, Y., Yiğit, S.A. Assessment of Metal Concentrations in Two Cyprinid Fish Species (Leuciscus cephalus and Tinca tinca) Captured from Yeniçağa Lake, Turkey. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 86–90 (2012).

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  • Yeniçağa Lake
  • Accumulation
  • Leuciscus cephalus
  • Tinca tinca