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Trace elements in invertebrates and fish from Kerguelen waters, southern Indian Ocean

Abstract

Given the lack of background data on essential and non-essential trace elements in invertebrates and fish known to be the predominant prey of marine mammals and seabirds breeding at the Kerguelen Islands, this study intends to provide these results of great influence for predators in higher trophic levels. To this end, plankton organisms (9 species/4 phyla), mollusks (2 bivalves and 2 squid species) and fishes (8 benthic and 10 pelagic species) from Kerguelen waters were analysed for cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg) and zinc (Zn). Individual concentrations of non-essential elements (particularly Cd) showed larger variation in comparison with essential ones likely due to their homeostasis. Thus Cd ranged over 4 orders of magnitude; however, Hg ranged only 1, without significant correlation to trophic level. Instead, ecological parameters (benthic/mesopelagic habitat and feeding ecology) showed a more important influence on the results. Concerning seashore organisms, bivalves collected inside the Gulf of Morbihan had higher Cd concentrations compared to those from the Kerguelen shelf, suggesting a local source of Cd, such as runoff water from bird colonies. Comparison with the literature showed metal concentrations in invertebrates and fishes from Kerguelen Islands somewhat lower than those in the Antarctic area, with Hg prevailing in benthic species and Cd in pelagic ones. In contrast to Hg, Cd values of squids, jellyfish and the amphipod Themisto gaudichaudii were significantly higher than all other species. Finally, top predators foraging in this area that can be subject to potentially high Hg and Cd exposure through their diet at Kerguelen are reviewed.

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Acknowledgements

We thank G. Duhamel and the crew of the RV ‘La Curieuse’ for their help in the collection of the fish specimens. This work was financially supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (Program POLARTOP, O. Chastel), the Institut Paul Emile Victor(IPEV, Programme No. 109, H. Weimerskirch), the Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and the CPER (Contrat de Projet Etat-Région) for funding the AMA of the Plateforme Analyses Elémentaires of LIENSs. C.V.Z. Cipro was supported financially through a post-doctoral grant from the University of La Rochelle and the CNRS (French acronym for National Council of Scientific Research), and also scholarships from CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel via the Science without Borders programme, Brazil) and FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil) during the course of this work and its publication. The IUF (Institut Universitaire de France) is acknowledged for its support to Paco Bustamante.

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Cipro, C.V.Z., Cherel, Y., Bocher, P. et al. Trace elements in invertebrates and fish from Kerguelen waters, southern Indian Ocean. Polar Biol 41, 175–191 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2180-6

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Keywords

  • Plankton
  • Myctophid
  • Food web
  • Metals
  • Trace elements
  • Kerguelen