Journal article

TOTAL MERCURY CONCENTRATIONS IN SAND FLATHEAD, PLATYCEPHALUS-BASSENSIS CUVIER AND VALENCIENNES, FROM PORT-PHILLIP BAY, VICTORIA

GJ FABRIS, C MONAHAN, G NICHOLSON, TI WALKER

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH | C S I R O PUBLICATIONS | Published : 1992

Abstract

Total mercury concentrations were measured in the axial muscle tissues of 562 sand flathead (Platy- cephalus bassensis) from a total of 37 sites within Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Mean concentrations of mercury (0-23 ±0-18 /ig g_1 wet weight) were less than half (Pc0-05) of those recorded for this species during 1975-78 and below the Victorian health standard for fish and fish products (i.e. less than a mean concentration of 0-5 /ig g-* wet weight) at all 37 sites. During the 1975-78 period, mercury concentrations in sand flathead from the bay were reported to decrease from north to south and from east to west. During 1990, however, mercury concentrations were found to be related to the wate..

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