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Title

Biliary fluorescent aromatic compounds (FACs) measured by fixed wavelength fluorescence (FF) in several marine fish species from the NW Mediterranean

AuthorsInsausti, David ; Carrasson, Maite; Maynou, Francesc ; Cartes, Joan Enric ; Solé, Montserrat
KeywordsBiliary PAHs
FACs
FF method
Teleost fish
NW Mediterranean
Ecological parameters
Issue DateNov-2009
PublisherElsevier
CitationMarine pollution bulletin 58(11): 1635-1642 (2009)
AbstractThe fixed wavelength fluoresce (FF) method was used to estimate the levels of fluorescent aromatic compounds (FACs) in the bile of fourteen fish species of commercial and/or ecological interest. Sampling was carried out in the NW Mediterranean at depths ranging from 50 to 1000 m during four seasonal cruises. During the summer sampling period, some species were also collected from another site (Vilanova fishing grounds) for comparison. Baseline levels of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) naphthalene, phenanthrene, pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene were measured. Some seasonality was observed, with reduced FF levels in summer and no differences among sites, consistent with sediment PAH levels. We discuss our results in relation to fish phylogeny, season, depth, diet, trophic level and swimming capacity. Overall FF levels indicated differences among species; the suprabenthic feeders from shallow and deep communities, and Mullus barbatus in particular, displayed elevated FF values and are potential candidates for additional monitoring studies
Description8 pages, 3 figues, 4 tables
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.07.005
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/19285
DOI10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.07.005
ISSN0025-326X
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