Mercury concentrations of fish, river water, and sediment in the Río Ramis-Lake Titicaca watershed, Peru.

  title={Mercury concentrations of fish, river water, and sediment in the R{\'i}o Ramis-Lake Titicaca watershed, Peru.},
  author={Christopher H. Gammons and Darell G. Slotton and Butch Gerbrandt and Willis Weight and Courtney A Young and Richard L McNearny and Eugenio C{\'a}mac and Rub{\'e}n Calder{\'o}n and Henri Tapia},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  volume={368 2-3},
This study reports the first set of data on the concentration of mercury in muscle tissue of several varieties of fish from Lake Titicaca, including the pejerrey (Basilichthyes bonariensis), the carachi (Orestias), and 2 types of indigenous catfish (Trichomycterus). Approximately 27% of the pejerrey and 75% of the carachi exceeded the US EPA fish tissue-based water quality criterion level of 0.30 microg g(-1). Mercury levels of pejerrey increased with fish size, although this relationship was… CONTINUE READING

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