The levels and patterns of organochlorines including DDTs, HCHs, and PCBs were investigated in sediments and tilapia (Tilapia mossambica) collected from inland water systems [Tai Wai (S1), Fo Tan (S2), Siu Lek Yuen (S3), Tai Po (S4), and Tai Wo (S5)] in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Sediment and tilapia samples were also collected from two fish ponds for comparison. The ranges of DDTs, HCHs, and PCBs in river sediments were 2.82- 8.63 ng/g (DW), 0.05-2.07 ng/g (DW), and 43-461 ng/g (DW), respectively. All these values were significantly higher (p < 0.05) than the pond sediments. Low chlorinated congeners (especially mono-, tri-, and tetrachlorobiphenyls) were enriched in sediment samples accounting for 70-80% of total PCBs. The ranges of DDTs, HCHs, and PCBs in tilapia muscle collected from Fo Tan and Tai Wai were 28.2-40.1 ng/g (DW), 2.04-3.76 ng/g (DW) and 267-310 ng/g (DW), respectively. These values were also significantly higher (p < 0.05) than those collected from the fish ponds. Higher chlorinated PCBs (tetra-, penta- , hexa-, and heptachlorobiphenyls) were commonly found in tilapia accounting for almost 60% of the total PCBs. The effect of lipid contents in organochlorines accumulation was not significant (p < 0.05) in general.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
Scopus Subject Areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis