Total and organic mercury in the Black Sea harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena relicta.

@article{Joiris2001TotalAO,
  title={Total and organic mercury in the Black Sea harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena relicta.},
  author={Claude R Joiris and Ludo Holsbeek and D Bolbat and C{\'e}cile Gascard and Todor Stanev and Akaki Komakhidze and Wes A. Baumgartner and Alexei Birkun},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
  year={2001},
  volume={42 10},
  pages={
          905-11
        }
}
This paper reports on mercury (Hg) concentrations in different tissues (liver, muscle, kidney, blubber and brain) of harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena found dead in the Black Sea between 1997 and 1999, mainly bycaught in fishing nets (n = 79). Total Hg and organic Hg (MeHg) were determined. The main factor affecting Hg accumulation was, as expected, age, with MeHg concentration increasing with age. Accumulation of high concentrations of inorganic Hg in the liver was probably due to a slow… CONTINUE READING

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