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Title: Mercury exposure Aasessment in fish and humans from Sundarban Mangrove Wetland of India
Authors: Chatterjee, M.
Basu, N.
Sarkar, S. K.
Keywords: Exposure assessment;Methylmercury;Fish consumption;Biomarkers;Sundarban
Issue Date: Jun-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Present study had documented total mercury levels in six commonly consumed fish species, and performed a cross-sectional study on local residents to gauge their intake of fish (via dietary survey) and mercury exposure (via hair biomarker analyses). Mean total mercury content in edible composites of locally-caught fishes (topse, hilsa, mackerel, topse, sardinella, khoira) was low and ranged from 0.01 to 0.11 μg g-1 mercury, dry weight. In a cross-sectional study of 58 area residents, the mercury content in hair ranged from 0.25 to 1.23 μg g-1, with a mean of 0.65 ± 0.23 μg g-1. Hair mercury level was not influenced by gender, age, or occupation. Mean number of meals consumed per week was 3.1 ± 1.1, and all participants consumed at least one fish meal per week. When related to fish consumption, a significant positive association was found between number of fish meals consumed per week and hair mercury levels.
Page(s): 1101-1107
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJMS Vol.43(06) [June 2014]

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