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Evaluate of heavy metal concentration in shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) and crab (Portunus pelagicus) with INAA method

Marzieh Heidarieh1*, Mohammad Ghannadi Maragheh2, Mehrdad Azizi Shamami2, Mehdi Behgar1, Farhood Ziaei1 and Zahra Akbari2

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1 Agricultural, Medical and Industrial Research School (AMIRS-NSTRI), Karaj, Iran

2 Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), Tehran, Iran

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SpringerPlus 2013, 2:72  doi:10.1186/2193-1801-2-72

Published: 28 February 2013


The level of the heavy metal in green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) and crab (Portunus pelagicus) caught off the Persian Gulf near Bushehr province were investigated. This study was performed to evaluate instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) to analyze heavy metal concentration in crab and shrimp whole body tissue. The order of the swimmer crab and shrimp heavy metal concentrations were Zn>Fe>As>Mn>Co and Fe>Zn>Mn>As>Co, respectively. The results showed swimmer crab (Portunus pelagicus) and shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) caught off Persian gulf, were contaminated with high level of As (21.38±3.31ppm and 8.28±2.82 ppm, respectively). High levels of As and Mn were noted in crabs and shrimp, respectively.

Heavy metal; Crab; Shrimp; Persian gulf; Neutron activation