Torres, P., Rodrigues, A.S., Soares, L. & Garcia, P.V. (2016) Metal concentrations in two commercial tuna species from an active volcanic region in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean.Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 70, 341-347. DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0249-1 (IF2016 2,467; Q2 Environmental Sciences)
Concentrations of cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), and lead [Pb (lg g-1 wet weight)] were determined in liver and muscle samples of 15 bigeye (Thunnus obesus) and 15 skipjack tunas (Katsuwonus pelamis) caught over an active volcanic region in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean (Azores, Portugal) and evaluated regarding consumption safety. None of the muscle samples (edible part) exceeded the European Union (EU) maximum limits (MLs) for Hg and Pb. Cd concentrations in muscle were much greater than EU MLs with 53 and 26 % of the bigeye tuna and skipjack tuna, respectively, in exceedance of the limits. Results obtained in this work, together with other studies in the same region, support the existence of an important volcanic source of Cd in waters of the Mid-Atlantic region, which should be carefully monitored given the importance of many commercial marine species for human consumption, mainly in Europe.