This study reports the levels and distribution patterns of some organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in fish samples of the Gomti river, India, collected from three sites. In the fish muscles ∑OCPs ranged between 2.58–22.56 ng g−1 (mean value: 9.66 ± 5.60 ng g−1). Neither spatial nor temporal trends could be observed in distribution of the OCPs. Aldrin was the predominant OCP, whereas, HCB and methoxychlor could not be detected. α-HCH and β-HCH among the isomers of HCH and pp-DDE among the metabolites of DDT were the most frequently detected OCPs. The results revealed that the fish of the Gomti river are contaminated with various OCPs.
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The authors are thankful to the Director, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow for his consistent support and interest in this work. Financial assistance from NRCD, New Delhi is thankfully acknowledged.
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Malik, A., Singh, K.P. & Ojha, P. Residues of Organochlorine Pesticides in Fish from the Gomti River, India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 78, 335–340 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-007-9188-5
- Fish muscles
- Channa punctatus