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A survey of trace element distribution in tissues of stone crabs (Menippe mercenaria) from South Carolina coastal waters.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20970814     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) is an important component of the estuarine food web as both predator and prey. Stone crabs live in sediment, primarily consume oysters, and as a result, have the potential to accumulate significant quantities of pollutants including metals. In South Carolina, the stone crab is becoming a targeted fishery as an ecologically sustainable seafood choice. To date, no studies have reported metals in stone crab tissues. This study examined the distribution of major and minor trace elements in chelae and body muscle, gill, and hepatopancreas. Crabs were collected from three tidal areas within Charleston County, South Carolina, with differing upland use. Results were compared by collection location and by tissue type. Concentrations of some metals associated with anthropogenic activities were up to three times higher in crabs from sites adjacent to more urbanized areas. Concentrations in edible tissues were below historical FDA levels of concern.
Lou Ann Reed; Paul L Pennington; Edward Wirth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  60     ISSN:  1879-3363     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  2011-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2297-302     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
NOAA, NOS, NCCOS, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, Charleston, SC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brachyura / metabolism*
Environmental Monitoring*
Geologic Sediments / chemistry
Seawater / chemistry
South Carolina
Trace Elements / metabolism*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / metabolism*
Water Pollution, Chemical / statistics & numerical data
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Trace Elements; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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