chapter  6
24 Pages

The Bioaccumulation of Mercury, Methylmercury, and Other Toxic Elements into Pelagic and Benthic Organisms

Many elements are toxic to organisms, but often only in a specific chemical form. For example, although inorganic mercury (Hg) is toxic to organisms at low concentrations, it is the organic form of Hg, monomethylmercury (MMHg), that is highly bioaccumulative and accounts for the wildlife and health concerns resulting from the consumption of fish with elevated MMHg burdens.