Heavy metals in Mytilus galloprovincialis, suspended particulate matter and sediment from offshore submerged longline system, Black Sea

  • S. Türk ÇulhaEmail author
  • M. Çulha
  • İ. Karayücel
  • M. Y. Çelik
  • Y. Işler
Original Paper


The study was performed between March 2009 and March 2010 at the Sinop Inner Harbor on cultured mussels at the offshore submerged longline system. The samples of mussels, sediment and suspended particulate matter were seasonally taken for the purpose of monitoring differences of metal contents. In addition, burnable organic matter, contamination factors (CF), pollution load index (PLI) in sediment samples, meat yield of mussels were seasonally determined. All metals in suspended particulate matter were found to be above the national limit. Cd concentration in sediment was above the limit according to sediment quality guidelines, and Cd concentration in mussel was above both national and international limit values. According to CF and PLI identified in sediment, it was found that Inner Harbor was under the effect of anthropogenic pollution in terms of Cd accumulation. Provisional tolerable weekly intake calculated in mussel did not exceed the tolerable consumption values. In conclusion, it can be said that this region considered for commercial mussel cultivation is not a suitable area.


Mytilus galloprovincialis Sediment Suspended particulate matter Heavy metals Submerged longline system Black Sea 



This work was supported by the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK) with Project Number 108Y335.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fisheries FacultyIzmir Katip Celebi UniversityCigliTurkey
  2. 2.Fisheries FacultySinop UniversitySinopTurkey
  3. 3.Biomedical EngineeringIzmir Katip Celebi UniversityCigliTurkey

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