Determination of polychlorinated biphenyls in marine fish obtained from tsunami-stricken areas of Japan

Yoshinori Uekusa, Satoshi Takatsuki, Tomoaki Tsutsumi, Hiroshi Akiyama, Rieko Matsuda, Reiko Teshima, Akiko Hachisuka, Takahiro Watanabe

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We determined the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners in 101 marine fish obtained from tsunami-stricken areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. In particular, to determine the degree of PCB contamination in the fish, we investigated the concentration of total PCB (σPCB) and the proportions of 209 individual PCB congeners by highresolution gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry. The σPCB concentration was 1.7-33 ng/g in fat greenling (n = 29), 0.44-25 ng/g in flounder (n = 36), and 1.6-86 ng/g in mackerel (n = 36), all values being much lower than the provisional regulatory limit in Japan. In the congener analysis, tetra-, penta-, hexa-, and hepta-chlorinated PCB congeners dominated in all samples (comprising over 86% of the σPCB). The proportions of the chlorinated PCB congeners were similar to the contamination patterns derived from Kanechlor in the environment, implying that the marine fish were not contaminated with fresh PCBs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0174961
JournalPloS one
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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