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Arsenic in freshwater fish in the Chihuahua County water reservoirs (Mexico)
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, ISSN 1093-4529, E-ISSN 1532-4117, Vol. 46, no 11, 1283-1287 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Water reservoirs in Chihuahua County, Mexico, are affected by some punctual and non-punctual geogenic and anthropogenic pollution sources; fish are located at the top of the food chain and are good indicators for the ecosystems pollution. The study goal was to: (i) determine arsenic concentration in fish collected from the Chuviscar, Chihuahua, San Marcos and El Rejon water reservoirs; (ii) to assess if the fishes are suitable for human consumption and (iii) link the arsenic contents in fish with those in sediment and water reported in studies made the same year for these water reservoirs. Sampling was done in summer, fall and winter. The highest arsenic concentration in the species varied through the sampling periods: Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) with 0.22 +/- 0.15 mg/kg dw in winter and Green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) with 2.00 +/- 0.15 mg/kg dw in summer in El Rejon water reservoir. A positive correlation of arsenic contents was found through all sampling seasons in fish samples and the samples of sediment and water. The contribution of the weekly intake of inorganic arsenic, based on the consumption of 0.245 kg fish muscles/body weight/week was found lower than the acceptable weekly intake of 0.015 mg/kg/body weight for inorganic arsenic suggested by FAO/WHO.

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2011. Vol. 46, no 11, 1283-1287 p.
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Arsenic, freshwater fish, gills, muscle, human health, sediment and water concentration
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46831DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2011.598819ISI: 000295716900014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052483227OAI: diva2:454277
QC 20111107Available from: 2011-11-07 Created: 2011-11-07 Last updated: 2011-11-07Bibliographically approved

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