Tracking Metal Pollution in Lake Chapala: Concentrations in Water, Sediments, and Fish. Academic Article uri icon


  • We measured concentrations of selected metals (Al, Ba, Cu, Mn, Hg, Sr, V, and Zn) in water, sediments, and fish from Lake Chapala and a reference site to evaluate potential negative effects on wildlife, particularly fish-eating birds. Fish metal concentrations ranged from 0.05g/g wet weight (ww) for Al and Cu to 64.70g/g ww for Sr. There was a positive and significant correlation between fish length and metals particularly for Ba, Cu, Mn, and Zn in Lake Chapala (p<0.05). However, there were no significant correlations between metal concentrations and (15)N values in fish indicating no biomagnification through the food web. Overall, metal concentrations in water, sediments, and fish were similar to and in some cases below those reported for Lake Chapala over the last 20years. Also, metal concentrations were below those that could be of concern for negative effects on fish and wildlife of Lake Chapala.

published proceedings

  • Bull Environ Contam Toxicol

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Torres, Z., Mora, M. A., Taylor, R. J., & Alvarez-Bernal, D.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Torres, Zaria||Mora, Miguel A||Taylor, Robert J||Alvarez-Bernal, Dioselina

publication date

  • September 2016