Concentration of heavy metals in seafood (fishes, shrimp, lobster and crabs) and human health assessment in Saint Martin Island, Bangladesh

Mohammad Abdul Baki, Md Muzammel Hossain, Jhuma Akter, Shamshad B. Quraishi, Md Fajlul Haque Shojib, A. K.M. Atique Ullah, Firoz Khan

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Abstract

A contaminated aquatic environment may end up in the food chain and pose risks to tourist health in a tourist destination. To assess the health risk for tourists that visit St. Martine Island, which is a popular domestic and foreign tourist destination in Bangladesh, a study is undertaken to analyse the level of heavy metal contamination from chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg) and iron (Fe) in six of the most consumed fish (L. fasciatus, R. kanagurta, H. nigrescens, P. cuneatus, P. annularis and S. rubrum) and five crustacean species, which consist of a shrimp (P. sculptilis), a lobster (P. versicolor) and three crabs (P. sanguinolentus, T. crenata and M. victor) captured. The samples were analysed for trace metals using atomic absorption spectrometer, and the concentrations of the metals were interpreted using the United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) health risk model. The muscle and carapace/exoskeleton of shrimp, lobster and crabs were analysed and contained various concentrations of Pb, Hg, As, Cr, Cd, Fe, Cu, Zn and Mn. The hierarchy of the heavy metal in marine fish is Fe > Cd > Zn > Pb > Cu > Cr > Mn > Hg. The concentrations of Pb in the species R. kanagurta, H. nigresceus and S. rubrum were above the food safety guideline by Australia, New Zealand and other legislations in most marine fish and crustaceans. Crabs showed higher mean heavy metal concentrations than shrimp and lobster. Acceptable carcinogen ranges were observed in three fish species (R. kanagurata, H. nigresceus and S. rubrum) and one crustacean species (P. sculptilis) samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-163
Number of pages11
JournalEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Volume159
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2018

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Keywords

  • Health risk
  • Heavy metals
  • Sea food
  • St. Martin Island

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  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Concentration of heavy metals in seafood (fishes, shrimp, lobster and crabs) and human health assessment in Saint Martin Island, Bangladesh. / Baki, Mohammad Abdul; Hossain, Md Muzammel; Akter, Jhuma; Quraishi, Shamshad B.; Haque Shojib, Md Fajlul; Atique Ullah, A. K.M.; Khan, Firoz.

In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Vol. 159, 15.09.2018, p. 153-163.

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Baki, Mohammad Abdul ; Hossain, Md Muzammel ; Akter, Jhuma ; Quraishi, Shamshad B. ; Haque Shojib, Md Fajlul ; Atique Ullah, A. K.M. ; Khan, Firoz. / Concentration of heavy metals in seafood (fishes, shrimp, lobster and crabs) and human health assessment in Saint Martin Island, Bangladesh. In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 2018 ; Vol. 159. pp. 153-163.
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