Effects of pesticides and metals on penaeid shrimps in Maputo Bay, Mozambique – A field study
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Estuaries are important nursery areas for many species and these habitats are often affected by anthropogenic activities. We investigate possible negative effects of pesticides and metals on penaeid shrimps in Maputo Bay, Mozambique. Shrimps and water samples were collected in three estuaries and one coastal area for biomarker and chemical analysis. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and glutathione-S transferase activities were analysed as biomarkers for pollutants. 37 different pesticides were analysed in water samples and shrimp muscle tissue was analysed for 10 metals. Risk assessment showed that the environmental thresholds were exceeded for several herbicides in three of four of the assessed nursery areas. Lower AChE activities were detected in shrimps captured close to an agriculture area and this location had the lowest shrimp densities. Metal analysis in shrimp showed low levels. Despite localized effects, results highlight the need to improve the regulation of pollutants in the Espírito Santo estuary in Maputo bay.

Pesticide mixtures


Acetylcholine esterase




Joachim Sturve

Göteborgs universitet

Mikael Gustavsson

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper, Tillämpad matematik och statistik

Per-Olav Moksnes

Göteborgs universitet

Daniela C. de Abreu

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

Marine Pollution Bulletin

0025-326X (ISSN) 1879-3363 (eISSN)

Vol. 173 112964


Miljö- och naturvårdsvetenskap


Miljömedicin och yrkesmedicin





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