Multiple approaches to assess the safety of artisanal marine food in a tropical estuary

Padovan, A.C., Neave, M.J., Munksgaard, N.C., and Gibb, K.S. (2017) Multiple approaches to assess the safety of artisanal marine food in a tropical estuary. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189 (3). pp. 125-139.

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Abstract

In this study, metal and metalloid concentrations and pathogens were measured in shellfish at different locations in a tropical estuary, including sites impacted by sewage and industry. Oyster, mangrove snails and mud snails did not exceed Australian and New Zealand Food Standards maximum levels for copper, lead or estimated inorganic arsenic at any site although copper concentrations in oysters and mud snails exceeded generally expected levels at some locations. Bacterial community composition in shellfish was species-specific regardless of location and different to the surrounding water and sediment. In the snails Telescopium telescopium, Terebralia palustris and Nerita balteata, some bacterial taxa differed between sites, but not in Saccostrea cucullata oysters. The abundance of potential human pathogens was very low and pathogen abundance or diversity was not associated with site classification, i.e. sewage impact, industry impact and reference.

Item ID: 52307
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: artisanal, marine, metals, molluscs, pathogens
ISSN: 1573-2959
Funders: Australian Government Caring for Our Country Program
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 23:01
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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