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EFFECTS OF LENGTH AND LOCALITY ON THE MERCURY CONTENT OF BLACKLIP ABALONE, NOTOHALIOTIS-RUBER (LEACH), BLUE MUSSEL, MYTILUS EDULIS-PLANULATUS (LAMARCK), SAND FLATHEAD, PLATYCEPHALUS-BASSENSIS CUVIER AND VALENCIENNES, AND LONG-NOSED FLATHEAD, PLATYCEPHALUS-CAERULEOPUNCTATUS (MCCULLOCH), FROM PORT-PHILLIP BAY, VICTORIA

TI WALKER

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH | C S I R O PUBLICATIONS | Published : 1982

Abstract

Mean concentrations of mercury in the foot tissue and inedible viscera of N. ruber were 0.02 µg g-1wet weight (range 0.01-0.03 µg g-1) and 0.04 µg g-1wet weight (range 0.01-0.12 µg g-1), respectively. The mean mercury concentration in the soft tissues of M. e. planulatus was 0.02 µg g-1(range 0.01-0.07 µg g-1), that in axial muscle tissues of P. bassensis was 0.50 µg g-1(range 0.06-1.1 µg g-1), and that in P. caeruleopunctatus was 0.56 µg g-1(range 0.10-2.8 µg g-1). Concentrations of mercury were affected by the lengths of sand and long-nosed flathead but not by the lengths of blacklip abalone or blue mussels. For sand and long-nosed flathead, the effect of locality on concentration was high..

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