Mercury in the Aquatic Environment of the Village of Caimito at the Mojana Region, North of Colombia

Abstract

During May–September 1999, several aquatic environmental samples were collected from the village of Caimito, in the San Jorge River basin area, state of Sucre (Colombia), and analyzed for total mercury (T-Hg). Mean T-Hg concentration in sediments from surrounded marshes was 0.155 ± 0.016 μg Hg/g. Low Hg concentrations were found in the phytoplanktivorous fish species Prochilodus magdalenae (0.087 ± 0.01 μg Hg/g), while four-fold greater concentrations were found in all the carnivorous species. In average, T-Hg concentrations for fish samples did not exceed the limit consumption level (0.5 μg Hg/g). However, risk assessment based on the hazard index suggested that the consumption of 0.1 kg per day of carnivorous fish could increase the risk of mercury poisoning in local population.

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Olivero-Verbel, J., Johnson-Restrepo, B., Mendoza-Marín, C. et al. Mercury in the Aquatic Environment of the Village of Caimito at the Mojana Region, North of Colombia. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 159, 409–420 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1023/B:WATE.0000049162.54404.76

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  • Colombia
  • fish
  • hazard index
  • mercury
  • risk
  • sediment