The sampling point of the research has been determined as the shores of the Çanakkale Strait, where fishing is concentrated. Seasonal sampling was made of fish species that were caught by commercial fishing boats in the Çanakkale Strait and offered for human consumption at fish sales points. ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer), which allows analysis of trace, minor and major concentration levels of the chemical element, was used to determine the amount of heavy metals in the samples. Analysis of Cd, Cu and Pb in the samples were performed by EPA method 200.7.
The levels of Cd, Cu and Pb were determined in the muscle tissues of Sardine (Sardina pilchardus, Walbaum 1792) from the seafood obtained from the Çanakkale Strait by fishing. In the samples, Cd values were detected only in autumn, Cu in the highest winter, Pb has not been detected in fish muscle dough in any season. Cd was obtained under the limit values.
As a result, it was determined that the heavy metal accumulation in the muscle tissues of the fish caught from the Çanakkale Strait increased seasonally in parallel with the increase in pollution. The findings obtained show that its consumption does not pose a health risk in terms of the heavy metal values selected for this species.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Çanakkale Strait, heavy metal, Sardines, muscle tissue, health.