Seasonal variations of heavy metals in some organs of carp (Cyprinus carpio L., 1758) from Beysehir Lake (Turkey)


ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.138, pp.201-206, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


In this study which was carried out between March 2003 and February 2005 Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, Cr, Pb and Cd contents were determined in muscle, liver and gill of carp (Cyprinus carpio L., 1758) caught from Beysehir Lake. Among the heavy metals analyzed Cr, Pb and Cd were below the detection limit (<0.03). Heavy metal concentrations varied significantly depending on the type of the tissue and season. The highest metal concentrations were found in the liver, followed by gill and muscle. Heavy metal levels in tissues of carp were increased in summer and winter, while were decreased in autumn and spring. The present study shows that precautions need to be taken in Beysehir Lake in order to prevent heavy metal pollution that can occur in the future.