A study to evaluate total mercury levels in common edible marine animals (the fishes Leiognathus equlus, Coilia dusumieri, Johnius belengerii, Mugil vaigiensis, Arius leptonotacanthus, Chanos chanos, and the shrimp Penaeus merguensis) harvested from Gresik coastal waters, Indonesia, has been carried out during 2004-2008. Concentrations of mercury in edible species from Gresik coast were relatively low compared to those in marine animals from other regions of the world. Mercury concentrations in marine animals from this area were below the current standards for human consumption (USA: ≤ 1 mg.kg -1 wet weight (ww), Japan: ≤ 0.4 mg.kg-1 ww, Europe: ≤ 0.5 and ≤ 1 mg.kg-1 ww (depending on species), and Indonesia: ≤ 0.5 mg.kg-1 ww). Assuming per capita consumption of fish in Gresik region is 0.46 kg.week-1, it seems that the mercury level found in the present study does not represent any risk to health.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Cahiers de Biologie Marine|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
- Food safety
- Gresik coast