Influence of urbanization of the western coast of the United Arab Emirates on trace metal content in muscle and liver of wild Red-spot emperor (Lethrinus lentjan)

Melita Kosanovic, Mohammad Yousif Hasan, Dhanasekhar Subramanian, Abdulla Ali Falah Al Ahbabi, Omar Ali Awn Al Kathiri, Essa Mohammed Ali Abdulla Aleassa, Abdu Adem

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Abstract

We hypothesized that increased ambient concentrations of metals, as a consequence of escalating urbanization and industrialization of the Gulf region will respond in increased contamination of edible fish species. In this study, we report concentrations of chromium, manganese, cobalt, copper, zinc, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead in meat and liver of wild Red-spot emperor (Lethrinus lentjan) from three sampling points at the UAE coast. Analysis was performed by the ICP-MS/microwave digestion. Our study has shown that meat and liver metal content was significantly higher in areas with higher industrial activity, although metal values did not exceed permitted levels of fish for human consumption.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)2261-2266
Number of pages6
JournalFood and Chemical Toxicology
Volume45
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Fish
  • ICP-MS
  • Organs
  • Trace metals

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