Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
versión impresa ISSN 0021-2571
MINIERO, Roberto et al. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in fish collected from the urban tract of the river Tiber in Rome (Italy). Ann. Ist. Super. Sanità [online]. 2011, vol.47, n.3, pp. 310-315. ISSN 0021-2571. http://dx.doi.org/10.4415/ANN_11_03_12.
European eel and chub samples were analyzed to determine the levels of non-dioxin-like polychlorobiphenyls (NDL-PCBs), polychlorodibenzodioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorodibenzofurans (PCDFs), dioxin-like PCBs (DL-PCBs), and brominated polybromodiphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in order to evaluate the extent of contamination of the river Tiber along the urban tract through the city of Rome (Italy). All samples presented detectable levels of the chemicals analyzed, and exhibited species-specific differences in terms of congener composition and total concentrations. On average the European eel presented the highest values. In this species the dioxin-like compound sums (WHO-TEQs) exceeded the pertinent maximum levels (MLs). Non-ortho PCBs constituted approximately 80% of WHO-TEQ toxicological potential whereas NDL-PCB and PBDE concentrations appeared to match values determined in other polluted aquatic ecosystems where non-point contamination sources were present. The contamination patterns determined in fish tissues seemed to reflect the impact of generic contamination source(s).
Palabras llave : eel; chub; persistent organic pollutants; river Tiber.