AIA hosts Dr. Yiou Mike Zhu from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

Mercury-Selenium Interaction in European Hake (under MERFISH WP2 )

Sample summary – July 2023

During the secondment in Pau, France, Dr. Yiou Mike Zhu from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) aims to analyse 20 white muscle tissue samples of European Hake collected along the Norwegian coast. It is known that European Hake is a common large-size predatory fish in the Atlantic, and it may contain a certain level of mercury, that may pose threat to human health as a neurotoxin.

This part of the work focuses on the mercury stable isotope values of these samples in order to understand the different values between an area with a known point source of mercury contamination and several offshore sites as control, and investigate the potential usages of different mercury stable isotopes in tracing the sources of mercury.

Dr. Zhu will be learning and conducting the protocols of mercury stable isotope analysis in partnership with Advanced Isotopic Analysis (AIA), and working on the scientific indications of the data with the Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physico-Chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM).


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