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Total mercury concentrations in lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, USA

Marine Pollution Bulletin

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DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.11.019

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Abstract

Strategies to control invasive lionfish in the western Atlantic and Caribbean are likely to include harvest and consumption. Until this report, total mercury concentrations had been documented only for lionfish from Jamaica, and changes in concentrations with increasing fish size had not been evaluated. In the Florida Keys, total mercury concentrations in dorsal muscle tissue from 107 lionfish ranged from 0.03 to 0.48 ppm, with all concentrations being less than the regulatory threshold for limited consumption. Mercury concentrations did not vary consistently with standard lengths or wet weights of lionfish. In 2010, lionfish from the upper Keys had mean concentrations that were 0.03–0.04 ppm higher than lionfish from the middle Keys, but mean concentrations did not differ consistently among years and locations. Overall, total mercury concentrations in lionfish were lower than those in several predatory fishes that support commercial and recreational fisheries in Florida.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Total mercury concentrations in lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, USA
Series title:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
DOI:
10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.11.019
Volume
78
Issue:
1-2
Year Published:
2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Contributing office(s):
Southeast Ecological Science Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
First page:
51
Last page:
55
Country:
United States
State:
Florida
Other Geospatial:
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary