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Assessment of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon in Marine Sediments Delta State, Southern Nigeria

Sediments from different zones in southern Nigeria were analyzed for the composition of their Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs). The purpose of this study was to provide information on the presence of PAHs distribution in these sediments for managing waste environment and preserving the health of aquaculture and humans. This was done for 16 PAHS collected from Warri (PC) petrochemicals, Burutu (FS) Finishing, Bomadi (FA) farming and Omasuomar. (CN) – Natural field. A mixture of acetone / dichloromethane / n-hexane was used for the soxhlet extraction of PAHS from the sediment samples. This was done using gas chromatography –mass spectrometry. The concentrations of E16PAH Varied from 0.00-2. 411, 0.00-0.848, 000-1.695, and 0.00-0.717 μglg for sediments from these zones respectively. The benzo (a) pyrene (BaA) concentration in all samples were below the stated limit of 0.7 μgil for surface and sediment. Since it is an index for the contamination of PAHS. There is need for caution in the discharge of waste, use of pesticides and herbicides since sediment is the final sink before transfer in the food chain. The sources indicated PAHs originated from liquid fossil fuel burning, combustion of wood, biomass and high temperature processes and pyrogenic sources. Therefore, attention should be paid on marine ecosystem by authorities.

Assessment, Sources, Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons, Sediments, Southern Nigeria

Umudi Ese Queen, Umudi Ogheneyoma Peter. (2022). Assessment of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon in Marine Sediments Delta State, Southern Nigeria. Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science, 11(4), 71-75.

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