Mercury Levels in Marine and Estuarine Fishes of Florida 1989–2001. 2nd edition revised

Adams, Douglas H. and McMichael, Robert H. and Henderson, George E (2003) Mercury Levels in Marine and Estuarine Fishes of Florida 1989–2001. 2nd edition revised. St. Petersburg, FL, Florida Marine Research Institute, (Florida Marine Research Institute. Technical Report, TR-9)

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Abstract

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Florida Marine Research Institute (FWC-FMRI) has examined total mercury levels in muscle tissue from a variety of economically and ecologically important species as part of an ongoing study to better understand mercury contamination in marine fishes.The FWC-FMRI Mercury Program is one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States for monitoring mercury levels in marine and estuarine fishes. Because mercury, a toxic metallic element, has been shown to bioaccumulate in fish tissue, humans consuming fish can potentially consume significant levels of mercury.We examined the concentration of total mercury in 6,806 fish, representing 108 species from 40 families. Species represented all major trophic groups, from primary consumers to apex predators.The majority of individuals we examined contained low concentrations of mercury, but concentrations in individual fish varied greatly within and among species. Species with very low mean or median mercury concentrations tended to be planktivores, detritivores, species that feed on invertebrates, or species that feed on invertebrates and small fish prey.Apex predators typically had the highest mercury concentrations. In most species, mercury concentration increased as fish size increased. Sampling in Florida waters is continuing, and future research relating mercury levels to fish age, feeding ecology, and the trophic structure of Florida’s marine and estuarine ecosystems will help us better understand concentrations of this element in marine fishes. (64pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Mercury Levels in Marine and Estuarine Fishes of Florida 1989–2001. 2nd edition revised
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Adams, Douglas H.
McMichael, Robert H.
Henderson, George E
Series Name: Florida Marine Research Institute. Technical Report
Number: TR-9
Date: 2003
Publisher: Florida Marine Research Institute
Place of Publication: St. Petersburg, FL
Institution: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Issuing Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Uncontrolled Keywords: mercury, Florida, fishes;
Subjects: Pollution
Fisheries
Biology
Item ID: 120
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2007 21:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:33
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/120

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