Large-scale spatial and interspecies differences in trace elements and stable isotopes in marine wild fish from Chinese waters

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-74
Journal / PublicationJournal of Hazardous Materials
Online published21 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


We conducted a large scale investigation of twelve trace element levels and stable isotopes (δ13C and δ15N) in twenty-nine marine wild fish species collected from Chinese coastal waters. Trace element levels varied significantly with species. Clear spatial variations were found for Al, As, Cd, Cr, Fe, Ni, and Pb, whereas Ag, Cu, Mo, Se and Zn did not show much spatial variation. The Pearl River Estuary contained the highest concentrations of Al, Cr, Ni, and Pb, whereas the most southern waters (Haikou) contained the lowest concentrations of Al, Fe, and Pb. There was no correlation between log-transformed trace elements concentrations and δ15N values or δ13C values, indicating no biomagnification among these trace elements. The calculated hazard quotients (HQ) of 10 elements were less than 1, thus there was no obvious health risk from the intake of trace elements through marine wild fish consumption. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Health assessment, Marine wild fish, Trace elements