Reclamation of wastewater for polyculture of freshwater fish: Bioaccumulation of trace metals in fish

Y. Liang, R. Y.H. Cheung, Ming Hung WONG*

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Abstract

To investigate the bioaccumulation of trace metals (Zn, Cu, Cd, Cr, Pb, Ni) in the polycultured fish, a series of eight ponds (Au Tau pond system) were constructed at Au Tau Fisheries Office, Hong Kong Agriculture and Fisheries Department. Polluted river water was pre-treated in the first four ponds by providing sedimentation (S1, S2) and aeration (A1, A2), the effluent from A2 was introduced into the remaining four ponds (C1-C4) for fish culture. Fries of six species of freshwater fish including silver carp, big head, grass carp, tilapia, common carp and black bass were stocked in ponds. Bimonthly sampling of fish enabled to determine trace metal concentrations. The distribution of trace metals in different components of the fish pond ecosystem was also determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2690-2700
Number of pages11
JournalWater Research
Volume33
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bioaccumulation
  • Fish flesh
  • Fish polyculture
  • Fish viscera
  • Food web
  • Trace metals
  • Wastewater treatment

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