Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094
February 2018 Vol. 7(2): pp. 064-070
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Mercury (Hg) concentration and distribution in selected tissues of some fish species from Arvand River, south Iran

Mahnaz Sadat Sadeghi1, Sadegh Peery2, Mehdi Hosseini3


1Department of Marine Biology, Marine Science and Technology Faculty, Tehran North Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Science, Khoramshahr Marine Science and Technology University, Iran


Zystab Sanaat of Persian Gulf Institute of Tehran, Iran

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Accepted 20 February, 2018



In this study, mercury (Hg) levels were determined in three fish species from Arvand river, northwest of the Persian Gulf. It was also our intention to evaluate potential risks to human health associated with seafood consumption. Mercury levels varied with sex and species. Accumulation also differed significantly in certain organs. The order of mercury levels in tissues of the fish species was as follows: liver > gill > muscle. There was a direct relationship between mercury levels in tissues fishes with food habits and habitats. The results of this study show that highest levels of mercury were found in the benthic fish (E. diacanthus) followed by bentho- pelagic fish (C. chanos) and pelagic species (S. argus). There was a positive correlation between mercury levels tissues with body size of fishes.  Highest mercury levels were in tissues of female fishes because they are larger and can eat larger food items. The results confirmed that the levels of mercury in fish were strongly affected by habitat and feeding habits. 

Keywords: Accumulation, Mercury, Food habitats, Fish, Arvand River.





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