Mercury Contamination and Risk Evaluation in Commonly Consumed Fishes as Affected by Habitat

서식지에 따른 다소비 어류의 총수은 오염 및 위해 평가

Jo, Mi Ra;Kim, Ki Hyun;Jo, Mun Rae;Kwon, Ji Young;Son, Kwang Tae;Lee, Hee Jung;Kim, Ji Hoe;Lee, Tae Seek;Kang, Sang In;Kim, Jin-Soo

  • Received : 2015.09.09
  • Accepted : 2015.10.04
  • Published : 2015.10.31


This study investigated the concentration of total mercury in 17 species of commonly consumed fishes and assessed the risk to human health from provisional tolerable weekly intakes PTWI% as affected by migratory characterization, such as migration and vagility. The measured mean concentrations of total mercury in these 17 species of commonly consumed fishes suggest that mean concentrations of total mercury in 10 species of migratory fishes (largehead hairtail, chub mackerel, Pacific saury, skipjack tuna, Pacific cod, anchovy, Alaska pollack, brown croaker, Japanese Spanish mackerel, yellow croaker and Pacific herring) were low compared to those in 7 species of demersal fishes (red stingray, brown sole, bastard halibut, conger eel, blackmouth angler, rockfish and filefish). Based on the mean concentrations, the PTWI% of total mercury among commonly consumed migratory fishes was 3.393%, which was higher than that of commonly consumed demersal fishes (2.710%).


Mainly consumed fishes;Heavy metal;PTWI;Migratory fish;Demersal fish