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Study on the heavy metal concentration in mussels and oysters from the Korean coastal waters

Study on the heavy metal concentration in mussels and oysters from the Korean coastal waters

Bulletin of the Korean Fisheries Society 25(6): 485-494

This study dealt with the concentration of heavy metals in mussels, Mytilus edulis and oysters, Crassostrea gigas, in different habitats around the Korean coastal waters during 1985 apprx 1989. The high levels of heavy metal concentration in two bivalves were found at Station 1, 2, 5, 23 and 25, while the low levels were found at stations in Chinhae Bay (Korea). Oysters were more effective bioaccumulators of Cu, Zn and Hg than mussels showing the ratios of 16:1 for Cu, 1.63:1 for Cd, 1.36:1 for Pb, 7.61:1 for Zn and 2.08:1 for Hg. The larger mussels were, the higher the concentrations of five metals.

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