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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 144, Issue 1–3, pp 15–22 | Cite as

Heavy metal concentration in fish tissues inhabiting waters of “Buško Blato” reservoar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

  • Elizabeta Has-Schön
  • Ivan Bogut
  • Gordana Kralik
  • Stjepan Bogut
  • Janja Horvatić
  • Ivan Čačić
Article

Abstract

Heavy metals concentration (mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, copper, zinc and chromium) in tissues (muscles, liver, kidney and gonads) of Dalmatian barbelgudgeon, the nase, the souffie and brown trout, inhabiting waters of Buško Blato reservoir in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The meat of the tested fish sorts does not contain elevated concentration of most analyzed heavy metals with exception of lead (higher than MAC in Italy, Germany and Denmark) and mercury (in muscles of brown trout higher than MAC in most countries). The lowest level of all heavy metals is always detected in gonads, with higher values in fry compared to milt for copper, zinc, chromium and arsenic. The highest copper concentration is observed in the liver from the souffie which is suggested as a suitable biomonitor for copper intoxication. In muscles of all fish sorts, lead was always present in much higher concentration than cadmium, while in kidneys of most fish sorts, lead and cadmium concentrations were similar. We showed that bioaccumulation of some heavy metals in the fish sorts analyzed is tissue and sex dependent. Also, we concluded that the small water exchange in reversible shallow reservoir does not induce elevated concentration of heavy metals in fish tissues inhabiting Buško Blato.

Keywords

Heavy metals Brown trout (Salmo truttaThe souffie (Leuciscus turskyiThe nase (Chondrostoma phoxinusDalmatian barbelgudgeon (Aulopyge hügeliBuško Blato 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeta Has-Schön
    • 1
  • Ivan Bogut
    • 2
  • Gordana Kralik
    • 2
  • Stjepan Bogut
    • 3
  • Janja Horvatić
    • 1
  • Ivan Čačić
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BiologyJ.J. Strossmayer UniversityOsijekCroatia
  2. 2.Department of Animal Husbandry, Faculty of AgricultureJ.J. Strossmayer UniversityOsijekCroatia
  3. 3.Health Centre GrudeGrudeBosnia and Herzegovina
  4. 4.Faculty of Food TechnologyJ.J. Strossmayer UniversityOsijekCroatia

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