Risk-benefit analysis of fish consumption: mercury and fatty acid composition of farmed southern bluefin tuna, Thunnus maccoyii

Balshaw, Sita, Edwards, John W, Daughtry, Ben and Ross, Kirstin (2011) Risk-benefit analysis of fish consumption: mercury and fatty acid composition of farmed southern bluefin tuna, Thunnus maccoyii. Food Chemistry, 131 (3). pp. 977-984. ISSN 0308-8146

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Abstract

The docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) contents and total mercury concentration were measured in whole tissue composites of all edible tissues of wild caught and farmed southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii, SBT) and each of the marketed tissue cuts (akami, chu-toro and o-toro) of these fish. Rapid lipid accumulation during culture resulted in a net reduction in mercury concentration of SBT composite tissues and an increase in the concentration of the dietary essential fatty acids. Moreover, the increased affinity of lipid for certain tissue cuts (o-toro) over that of others (e.g. akami), resulted in cross carcass variation in the mercury concentration of fish muscular tissue. Results highlight the potential for farming to be used as a tool to improve the flesh quality of fish species which could otherwise provide limited dietary essential fatty acids to consumers and potentially contain elevated contaminant levels.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Southern bluefin tuna, Docosahexanoic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid, Aquaculture, Mercury, Consumer safety
Field of Research: 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070401 Aquaculture
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Research Collaboration Area: Education
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 04:43
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2015 04:43
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/327

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