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Total mercury in sediments and in Brazilian Ariidae catfish from two estuaries under different anthropogenic influence

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Azevedo, Juliana S. [1] ; Braga, Elisabete S. [1] ; Favaro, Deborah T. [2] ; Perretti, Adriana R. [1] ; Rezende, Carlos Eduardo [3] ; Souza, Cristina Maria M. [3]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Oceanog, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] IPEN CNEN SP, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ Estadual Norte Fluminense, Lab Ciencias Ambientais, Ctr Biociencias & Biotecnol, Campos Dos Goytacazes, RJ - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Marine Pollution Bulletin; v. 62, n. 12, p. 2724-2731, DEC 2011.
Web of Science Citations: 20

Santos-Sao Vicente estuary, located in Sao Paulo State, Brazil, has a history of contamination by inorganic chemicals such as mercury (Hg). In the 1980s the Cubatao was considered one of the most polluted sites in the world as a consequence of the intense industrial activities located in the city close to the estuary. To provide data and evaluate the local biota, total mercury (THg) contents were determined in sediments and in fish, Cathorops spixii, from different areas of the Santos-Sao Vicente estuary. For comparison, samples were also collected in a non-polluted system with similar hydrochemistry characteristics, the Cananeia estuary. The water characteristics and THg levels in sediment and fish samples confirmed a high human influence in the Santos-Sao Vicente estuary. The lowest THg values, observed in Cananeia, were evidence of low anthropogenic influence. High values observed in Santos-Sao Vicente show the necessity for a monitoring program. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)