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Volume 44 - Number 1 - 2009


The contents of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn of the white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931) of six coastal lagoons of Sinaloa, NW Mexico

Martín G. Frías-Espericueta1, Isidro Osuna-López1, Domenico Voltolina2, Marco A. Beltrán-Velarde1, Gildardo Izaguirre-Fierro1, Gabriel López-López1


1Environmental Studies Laboratory, Faculty of Marine Sciences, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, P.O. Box 1132, Mazatlán 82000, Sinaloa, Mexico

2UAS-CIBNOR Laboratory, Center of Biological Research of the North West, P.O. Box 1132, Mazatlán Sinaloa, Mexico

3CIAD, Research Center for Food and Development, Culiacán Unit, P.O. Box 32-A, Culiacán 80129, Sinaloa, Mexico




Litopenaeus vannamei is the most important shrimp species in the traditional fishery of the coastal lagoons of the State of Sinaloa (NW Mexico), and most of the landings are consumed locally. Since these lagoons receive important volumes of agricultural, industrial and urban effluents, consumption of this shrimp could pose risks to human health. The mean content of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn determined in the hepatopancreas of shrimp from commercial landings from six lagoons of Sinaloa were higher than those of the muscle. There was a weak correlation between the Zn content of the two tissues (P≤0.05) and the correlations were not significant for Cd, Cu and Pb (P>0.1). The concentrations found in the shrimp muscle were comparable or lower than those determined in commercial landings of different crustaceans from other geographic areas. According to our results the consumption of local shrimp poses no risks to human health


Key words: Heavy metals, crustaceans, human consumption



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