The contamination levels of organochlorine pesticides in water and sediment samples in Uluabat Lake, Turkey

Barlas N., COK I., Akbulut N.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.118, pp.383-391, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 118
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-006-1504-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.383-391
  • Keywords: organochlorine pesticides, sediment, Uluabat Lake, water, RESIDUES, ORGANISMS, REGIONS, RIVER, FISH
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The Uluabat Lake is a reservoir of 125 km(2) surface area, in the boundaries of Bursa province, Turkey. The results showed that Uluabat Lake was still contaminated by organochlorine pesticides and their residues despite the existence of bans over a long time. Considerable amounts of organochlorine pesticides (HCB, p.p'-DDT, p.p'-DDE, alpha-, beta- and gamma-BHC, Aldrin, Heptachlor epoxide, Endrin, Endosulfan I and II) were detected in water and sediment samples during one-year study in this lake. Samples of water and sediment were collected in different regions, (6 sampling point) of the lake between February 2002 and November 2002. The mean levels of organochlorine pesticides in water and sediments were determined. According to results, it was found that various environs in Uluabat Lake were contaminated by 11 different organochlorine pesticides. Residue analyses showed that higher organochlorine pesticides and their residues were generally more accumulated in the sediment samples.