The aims of the present study were to investigate the effects of mariculture activities on inorganic mercury (Hg 2+) adsorption/desorption on sediments and the distributions of newly adsorbed Hg 2+ on different chemical fractionations. The adsorption amount and binding energy of Hg 2+ on mariculture sediment (MS) were significantly higher (p<0.05) than reference sediment (RS). This may be explained by the strong complexation role that exists between Hg 2+ and organic matter (OM), which derived from unconsumed fish feed and fish metabolites. The reducible Hg 2+ in MS was significantly lower (p<0.01) than RS, which may have been caused by the decreasing amount of iron and manganese hydroxide in MS, lead to the decrease of Hg 2+ bound to them. On the contrary, the residual Hg 2+ was significantly higher (p<0.01) in MS than RS, which suggests that newly adsorbed Hg 2+ was more stable in MS than RS.
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- Aquatic Science