Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 259, Issue 1, pp 119–127 | Cite as

The use of bivalves as bio-indicators in the assessment of marine pollution along a coastal area

  • A. M. Yusof
  • N. F. Yanta
  • A. K. H. Wood


The assessment of environmental pollution of the coastal areas of the Malaysian Peninsula was done by analyzing the contents of the heavy and trace elements in the bivalves blood clams (Anadara granosa) and green mussels (Perna viridis) and sediments at twenty-two sampling stations to look for prevailing trends. Heavy and trace elements analyzed in this study were As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Se and Zn. Two techniques, namely the neutron activation analysis (NAA) and atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS) were used in the quantitative determination of the heavy metals while Marine Sediment Reference Material (BCSS) and Lobster Hepatopancreas (TORT-1) provided the certified reference materials in the quality assurance control. The potential use of these bivalves as suitable bio-indicators was evaluated from correlation tests based on the concentrations of heavy and trace elements in the sediment-metals system to those in the bivalves.


Reference Material Coastal Area Bivalve Marine Sediment Neutron Activation Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Yusof
    • 1
  • N. F. Yanta
    • 1
  • A. K. H. Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaSkudaiMalaysia E-mail
  2. 2.Malaysia Institute of Nuclear Technology ResearchBangiMalaysia

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