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Heavy metal contamination of the Lami coastal environment, Fiji

Gangaiya, Philomena and Tabudravu, Jioji N. and South, Robin and Sotheeswaran, Subramaniam (2001) Heavy metal contamination of the Lami coastal environment, Fiji. The South Pacific Journal of Natural Sciences, 19 (1). pp. 24-29. ISSN 1013-9877

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    Abstract

    Contamination of the coastal environment of small island countries is of concern because people’s livelihoods in these countries are intimately linked to the resources of the coastal zone. The Lami estuary in Fiji is located downstream of an industrial area and is used extensively for fishing and other recreational activities. Sediment samples from twenty-nine sites within the area were analysed for copper, lead and zinc to determine whether the area is contaminated with heavy metals. Within the estuary, significant enrichment is evident, with heavy metal concentrations exceeding some of those from other known contaminated sites in the country. Although copper contamination appears to be restricted to a few sites within the estuary, contamination with lead and zinc seems to be spreading to areas further away from the shore. Metal distribution patterns clearly indicate adjacent factories to be the main source of contamination. The results show that contrary to popular belief, highly contaminated sites do exist in the relatively pristine coastal environments of island countries like Fiji.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Repo Editor
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 11:27
    Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 11:57
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9942
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