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Monitoring of heavy metal and organic compound levels along the Eastern Aegean coast with transplanted mussels

August 30, 2013

Within the framework of the MYTITURK project, heavy metals and organic compounds contaminations were assessed in transplanted mussels in eight different bays from the Eastern Aegean coast. Izmir Bay, Canakkale Strait entrance, Saros and Candarli Bay were defined low pollution extent according to Principal Component Analysis taking into metal accumulation. PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) levels in the range of 29.4–64.2 ng g−1 (dry weight) indicated that PAH contamination level classified as low along the Aegean coast. Concentrations of Aroclor1254 and 1260 were higher in transplanted mussels from Canakkale Strait Outlet due to industrial activities was originated from Marmara Sea. The organochlorinated pesticides such as heptachlor (<0.4 ng g−1), aldrin (<0.30 ng g−1), dieldrin (<0.75 ng g−1), endrin (<2.3 ng g−1) concentrations were homogeneous however, HCB (Hexachlorobenzene) and lindane concentrations were found undetectable level along the coast. DDE/DDT ratio in the caged mussels form Gulluk and Gokova Bay indicated recent DDT (Dikloro difenil trikloroethan) usage in these areas. The residues of organochlorinated compounds in transplanted mussels confirm the long persistence of DDTs. According to world health authorities, the concentration of heavy metals in mussels for the study area can generally be considered not to be at levels posing a health risk except Zn. The levels of POPs indicated that transplanted mussels have a lack of risk for the human health.

Kucuksezgin F, Pazi I, Yucel-Gier G, Akcali B, Galgani F, in press., Monitoring of heavy metal and organic compound levels along the Eastern Aegean coast with transplanted mussels, 2013, Chemosphere, doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.07.058. Article.


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