Journal of
Oceanography and Marine Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Oceanogr. Mar. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2294
  • DOI: 10.5897/JOMS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 61

Full Length Research Paper

Insights on the environmental risk of metallic accumulation in sediments of Santos Harbor, Santos Estuarine System, Southeastern Brazil

Siqueira G. W.1 and Aprile F. M.2*
  1Laboratório de Planejamento e Desenvolvimento de Fármacos – LPDF, Campus Universitário do Guamá. Av. Augusto Corrêa n. 1, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, PA, # 66075-100, Brasil. 2Laboratório de Estudos de Ecossistemas Amazônicos - LEEA, Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Campus Rondon. Av. Marechal Rondon s/n Caranazal, Santarém, PA, # 68040-070, Brasil.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 November 2011
  •  Published: 30 November 2011


The present study aims to evaluate the Santos harbor environmental health, the most important port of the South American, where anthropic activities are associated to metallic contamination (Al, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb). Enrichment factor, geo-accumulation index and geochemistry mobility were applied. The results showed increases in the levels of the metals with indicative of moderately to extremely pollution between the estuary and industrial park. The environment risk can become potentially high due to the transfer of metals to species of the trophic net.


Keywords: metal contamination, bioaccumulation, organic source, mangrove, estuary