Metals in Mediterranean aquatic species

AnnaLaura Iamiceli, Alessandro Ubaldi, Dario Lucchetti, Gianfranco Brambilla, Vittorio Abate, Elena De Felip, Stefania P. De Filippis, Elena Dellatte, Silvia De Luca, Fabiola Ferri, Igor Fochi, AnnaRita Fulgenzi, Nicola Iacovella, Ivo Moret, Rossano Piazza, Alessandra Roncarati, Paolo Melotti, Roberto Fanelli, Elena Fattore, Alessandro di DomenicoRoberto Miniero

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Metals such as arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), vanadium (V), have been determined in species of Mediterranean marine organisms collected from areas supposed to be at background contamination levels. The Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) approach was adopted for the determination of all the metals. Arsenic, Cd and Pb determined in the 42 samples, do not exceed the pertinent maximum level except a sample of hake. In wild fish, the concentration range for Cr, Ni, V and Cu was, respectively: 0.07-0.09, 87.6-124, 0.022-0.075 and 0.79-1.74. μg/g fresh weight (fw). The farmed fish samples show concentration levels below the wild fish ones, except for Cr which range at the same levels. Cadmium and Pb show a high sample number under the quantification limit. The elements do not bio-magnify among the species considered and appear to show low variations in relation to organisms' position in the food chain and at sampling sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-283
Number of pages6
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2015


  • Background concentrations
  • Crustaceans
  • Fish
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography
  • Pollution
  • Medicine(all)


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