Distribution of heavy metal and phytoplankton in calabar river port terminals, calabar, cross river state - nigeria.

  • Hena J S
  • Magagi J I
Keywords: Water Quality, Heavy Metal, Phytoplankton, Pollution, Port Terminals

Abstract

An aquatic ecological evaluation of Calabar River Port terminals was carried out   from February 2020 to January, 2021 with the aim of assessing seasonal variation of heavy metals and the distribution of phytoplankton. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) was employed to analyze heavy metal concentration and standard procedure was use in identification of phytoplankton from three sampling stations namely Eco marine terminal, INTELS terminal and Shoreline terminals in Calabar River port. Results showed elevated levels of lead, Chromium, Mercury, Zink, Nickel and copper in all the stations beyond the NESREA recommended limits. The study also showed significant negative relationship between plankton and heavy metals. It recommends a yearly monitoring by regulatory agencies to ensure that shipping activities do not interfere with water quality at the terminals.

Author Biographies

Hena J S

 Faculty of Environmental Science Department of Geography, Nassarawa State University, Keffi

 

Magagi J I

Faculty of Environmental Science Department of Geography, Nassarawa State University, Keffi

 

Published
2023-02-02
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2992-4502
print ISSN: 1596-6798