Influence of fishing technique on organochlorine pesticide accumulation in fish and its possible human health risk in the republic of Benin.

E. Yehouenou, A. Pazou, J.P. Azehoun, T. Ahoyo, P.E. Aleodjrodo, N.M. van Straalen, C.A.M. van Gestel

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In Bénin different techniques are used for large-scale commercial fishing, Acadjas (enclosures constructed in the river) and Whédos (holes made in the river banks). This study aimed at assessing the extent of contamination related to these fishing techniques. Fish contained residues of DDT and its metabolites, α-endosulfan, dieldrin, aldrin, endrin and lindane. Pesticide levels were similar in fish from Acadjas and Whédos, except for higher α-endosulfan levels in fish from the Whédos. Comparing pesticide intake levels through fish consumption with tolerable daily intake levels showed that in all cases risk for human health is low. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-282
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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