Levels and distribution of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in marine fishes from Chinese coastal waters

Chonghuan Xia, James C.W. Lam, Xiaoguo Wu, Liguang Sun, Zhouqing Xie, Paul K.S. Lam

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Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in yellow croakers (Pseudosciaena crocea) and silver pomfrets (Pampus argenteus) collected from nine coastal cities along the eastern China coastline were investigated. PBDE congeners with mono- to hexa-brominated substitutions were detected in the samples, indicating their ubiquitous distribution in the marine environment of China. The total PBDE concentration averaged 3.04ngg-1 lipid wt, a level that was relatively lower than in other regions of the world, especially North America where Penta-BDE was extensively used. Geographically, the highest concentration of PBDEs was found in Xiamen, and the PBDE levels in yellow croakers were significantly higher than those in pomfrets in most of the selected cities, a pattern which may be related to the different feeding habits of the two species. The congener profiles of PBDEs were found to be different from the commonly detected pattern in fishes from other regions of the world (i.e., BDE47>BDE99, BDE100>BDE153, BDE154). BDE47 and BDE154 were the predominant congeners in both species, accounting for more than 60% of the total PBDE concentrations. The reasons for the relatively high proportion of BDE154 may be due to the debromination of higher brominated congeners such as BDE183 and BDE209 by these two species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Coast
  • Fishes
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  • Silver pomfrets
  • Yellow croakers


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