Metal concentrations in fish species from the northeast Mediterranean Sea

Environ Monit Assess. 2006 Oct;121(1-3):431-8. doi: 10.1007/s10661-005-9142-0. Epub 2006 Jun 3.


Samples of Mugil cephalus and Mullus barbatus were collected in the Northeast Mediterranean coast of Turkey the contents of cadmium, copper, iron, zinc and lead in the liver, gill and muscle tissues were determined by atomic absorption flame spectrophotometry. Except for lead, highest levels of each metal were found in the liver and this was followed by the gill and muscle in both species. Among the metals analyzed, Cu, Zn and Fe were the most abundant in the different tissues while Cd and Pb were the least abundant both in M. cephalus and M. barbatus. Seasonal changes in metal (Cd, Cu, Pb, Fe and Zn) concentration were observed in the tissues of both species, but these seasonal variations may not influence consumption advisories. In general, the highest concentrations were detected for all metals in summer.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Environmental Monitoring*
  • Gills / chemistry
  • Liver / chemistry
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Metals, Heavy / analysis*
  • Metals, Heavy / standards
  • Muscle, Skeletal / chemistry
  • Perciformes*
  • Seasons
  • Smegmamorpha*
  • Spectrophotometry, Atomic
  • Turkey
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / standards


  • Metals, Heavy
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical