Title: Bioaccumulation of mercury and other metal contaminants in invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) from Curaçao.
Authors: Ritger, Amelia L; Curtis, Amanda N; Chen, Celia Y
Published In Mar Pollut Bull, (2018 Jun)
Abstract: A wide range of ecological and environmental factors influence metal bioaccumulation in fish. Studies of mercury and other metal contaminants in invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish are limited, yet consumption of the invasive predator is increasingly utilized as a management strategy. In this study, we examined the effects of body size, body condition, sex, trophic level, carbon source, diet, depth and capture location on mercury concentrations in lionfish collected from Curaçao. In addition, we examined whether or not a local petroleum refinery is the source of metal contamination in lionfish. Mercury concentrations ranged from 0.008 to 0.106 mg/kg and we found no effect of the petroleum refinery on metal bioaccumulation in lionfish. Low concentrations of metal contaminants indicate lionfish from Curaçao are safe for human consumption.
PubMed ID: 29886962
MeSH Terms: Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena; Animals; Body Size; Curacao; Ecotoxicology/methods; Female; Food Contamination/analysis; Introduced Species; Male; Mercury/analysis; Mercury/pharmacokinetics*; Oil and Gas Industry; Perciformes/metabolism*; Perciformes/physiology; Water Pollutants, Chemical/analysis; Water Pollutants, Chemical/pharmacokinetics*