Heavy metal concentrations in the razor clams (solen spp) from Muara Tebas, Sarawak

Kanakaraju, Devagi and Jios, Connie and Mohd Long, Shabdin (2008) Heavy metal concentrations in the razor clams (solen spp) from Muara Tebas, Sarawak. The Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences Vol. 12 No. 1 (2008).

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Abstract

The razor clams (Solen spp) or locally known as ‘ambal’ in Sarawak collected from Muara Tebas were studied for their heavy metals contents in tissues and shells. Sediment samples were also tested for their metal contents. Concentrations of Pb, Fe, Zn, Cu, Cd and Mn were determined by using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (FAAS). Tissues of razor clams showed highest concentrations of Fe and Zn, while shells accumulated highest concentrations of Pb and Mn. The lowest metal concentrations found were Cu and Cd. In general, the levels of metals in ‘ambal’ were within the permissible limit recommended by international standard, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). However, the study revealed that the sediments at Muara Tebas fall under the category of slightly polluted (for Pb) when compared to the guidelines suggested by United States Environment Protection Agency (USEPA).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS
Uncontrolled Keywords: razor clams, ‘ambal’ heavy metals, sediment, 2008, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, universiti, university, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, undergraduate, research
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 02:52
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2015 03:02
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/2273

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