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Química Nova

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CURTIUS, Adilson J. et al. Evaluating trace element contamination in mariculture activities: partial results of a case study carried out in the coastal region of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Quím. Nova [online]. 2003, vol.26, n.1, pp.44-52. ISSN 0100-4042.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422003000100010.

Adopting the perspective of human health risk assessment, an interdisciplinary research group has been investigating since 1998 the quality of mussels and oysters cultivated in coastal zones of Santa Catarina State. Evaluation of physico-chemical parameters considered relevant in measuring the degree of eutrophication showed values compatible with the dynamics of well balanced environmental systems. Concentrations of metallic and semi-metallic elements in seawater and bivalves were found to be similar to or lower than those found in Chile, Greenland and the USA. Further investigations focusing upon sediments will provide new and useful data for the management of sustainable mariculture strategies in Brazil.

Keywords : quality assurance; mariculture development; risk assessment.

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