Fish sellers knowledge on exposure of mercury from fish in the kenjeran beach area, surabaya

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BACKGROUND: The development in industrialization and human activities causing public health problems related to the safety of fish consumed in areas where industrialization is taking place especially in Surabaya city. One of the concerns on food safety especially in fish is the contamination of mercury. AIM: This study aimed to measure and identifies the mercury contamination in fish especially in freshwater and saltwater fish and to assess the mercury contamination knowledge level among fish sellers in Kenjeran Beach area, Surabaya. METHODS: A number of 36 sellers from eight traditional markets located near Kenjeran Beach area were randomly selected and 72 fish were taken to the Sucofindo Analyitical Laboratory from the markets to assess the mercury concentration. The sellers were given a questionnaire to assess their knowledge of mercury pollution in fish. RESULTS: The result showed that 55.5% of saltwater fish were contaminated with mercury (mean = 0.00686 ppm). The mean knowledge of the fish seller was 7.69 out of 19. There was no significant association between the questionnaire score and fish’s mercury concentration. CONCLUSION: This study highlights the association between sellers buying fish from Kenjeran Beach and fish’s mercury contamination. The increased risk of contamination from food can occur due to the low awareness among citizens and food sellers. Therefore, direct and indirect strategies to empower people who live near Kenjeran Beach Area to choose low mercury concentrated fish are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1549-1552
Number of pages4
JournalOpen Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2021


  • Fish
  • Food safety
  • Mercury


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