Total Mercury Contamination of Selected Organisms in Puck Bay, Baltic Sea, Poland
L. Boszke1*, J. Siepak2, J. Falandysz3
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1Department of Environmental Protection, Collegium Polonicum, A. Mickiewicz University,
Kościuszki 1,69-100 Słubice, Poland
2Department of Water and Soil Analysis, Faculty of Chemistry, A. Mickiewicz University,
Drzymaly 24, 60-613 Poznań, Poland
3Department of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, University of Gdańsk,
Sobieskiego 18, 80-952 Gdańsk, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2003;12(3):275–285
The objective of this study was to recognize contamination by mercury of selected aquatic organisms such as algae, aquatic vascular plants, zooplankton, polychaetes, molluscs, crustaceans and fish collected from Puck Bay in 1995-1998. The mercury concentration was measured using cold vapour atomic absorp-tion spectroscopy (CV-AAS). Some inter-species (in biota) and spatial differences in mercury concentration were observed, indicating that pollution comes from local land-based and non-point sources. However, noted mercury concentrations were relatively low and of the same magnitude as reported by other authors for other parts of the Baltic Sea.