DELINEATION OF RADIONUCLIDE BIOACCUMULATION IN GOLDEN HORN, ISTANBUL, USING BIOINDICATOR MUSSEL Passive Monitoring and Transplantation


Kilic O. , Belivermis M. , Sezer N., Kalayci G.

NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY & RADIATION PROTECTION, vol.33, no.1, pp.125-132, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.2298/ntrp1801125k
  • Title of Journal : NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY & RADIATION PROTECTION
  • Page Numbers: pp.125-132

Abstract

The Golden Horn estuary in the centre of Istanbul, has been exposed to many pollutants from domestic and industrial waste effluent during the second half of the 20th century. In this study, Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) was seasonally collected from eight sites in the Golden Horn estuary, Istanbul to determine the bioaccumulation of Cs-137, K-40, Po-210, and Pb-210 between 2013 and 2014. The averages activity concentrations of Cs-137, K-40, Po-210, and Pb-210 were determined to be 1.36, 463, 91.64, and 11.51 Bqkg(-1) at dry weight, respectively. Mussel samples were also transplanted between the middle and lower part of the estuary to investigate variations in the levels of radionuclides over the course of the year. Higher concentrations were observed except for Po-210, compared with their initial concentrations in the transplanted mussels. Besides, the average and range annual effective ingestion dose values were calculated to be 11.96 and 2.23-34.45 mu Sv due to Po-210 through consumption of mussels from the Golden Horn. According to obtained dose levels, there is no health risk in terms of Po-210 consumption of mussels.