Copper and Zink in four freshwater fish species from Lake Pamvotis (Greece)

 
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2004 (EN)
Copper and Zink in four freshwater fish species from Lake Pamvotis (Greece) (EN)

Papagiannis, I., Kagalou, I., Leonardos, I., Petridis, D., Kalfakakou, V. (EN)

Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών και Τεχνολογιών. Τμήμα Βιολογικών Εφαρμογών και Τεχνολογιών (EL)
Papagiannis, I., Kagalou, I., Leonardos, I., Petridis, D., Kalfakakou, V. (EN)

Lake ecosystems are vulnerable to heavy-metal pollution. Fish samples are considered as one of the most indicative factors, in freshwater systems, for the estimation of trace metals pollution potential. Lake Pamvotis (NW Greece) is a typical Mediterranean ecosystem of great importance in regard to biodiversity and to aesthetic value. The fish species found most commonly in the lake are Cyprinus carpio, Silurus aristotelis, Rutilus ylikiensis, and Carassius gibelio. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the level of contamination of two essential heavy metals (copper and zinc) appearing at high concentrations in lake water in the above four fish species. Metal concentrations were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy in three different tissues (muscle, liver, gonads) in order to assess the fish contamination. A twofactor analysis of variance, based on the procedure of general linear models, was employed in which fish species (four levels) and fish tissue (three levels) were examined for potential influence on Cu and Zn concentrations. Differences between level means per factor were treated using Tukey" s multiple comparisons of means. The study showed that C. carpio and R. ylikiensis presented the highest metal content. Tissues analysis revealed that liver and gonads accumulated the highest levels of Cu and Zn. Metal concentration in the edible part of the examined fish (muscle) were in the safetypermissible levels for human consumption. (EN)

Heavy metals, Fish, Lake Pamvotis, Contamination (EN)

Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων (EL)
University of Ioannina (EN)

Environment International (EN)

English

2004




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