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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2012, Vol 12, Num, 5     (Pages: 371-376)

Heavy Metal Concentrations in Ten Species of Fishes Caught in Sinop Coastal Waters of the Black Sea, Turkey

Levent Bat 1 ,Murat Sezgin 1 ,Funda Üstün 1 ,Fatih Şahin 1

1 Sinop University, Fisheries Faculty, 57000, Sinop, Turkey DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v12_2_24 Viewed : 4865 - Downloaded : 7082 In the present study, the heavy metal concentrations (zinc, copper, cadmium and lead) have been measured in dorsal muscle tissue of ten species (Trachurus mediterraneus, Sprattus sprattus sprattus, Mullus surmelatus, Sarda sarda, Mugil cephalus, Scorpaena porcus, Sparus aurata, Umbrina cirrosa, Spicara maena and Solea solea) from Sinop coast of the Black Sea, Turkey during fish season in 2010. Significant differences in metal concentrations were found between the species (P<0.05). In general, it was found that the levels of heavy metals studied were lower than the maximum permissible limit of the food regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), the Turkish Food Codex and Commission Regulation (EC). Cd showed the lowest concentrations in all fish samples followed by Pb. The results of the present study were compared with the other studies and discussed. Keywords : Black Sea, fishes, zinc, copper, cadmium, lead