—Contamination of heavy metals in coral reefs and
coastal areas is a serious ecotoxicological and environmental
problem due to direct runoff from anthropogenic wastes,
commercial vessels and discharge from industrial effluents
which may accumulate in the suspended particulate matter and
settle on the bottom sediment. Surface sediment samples were
collected from Samoa’s commercial and fishing port and
studied for the concentration and distribution of heavy metals.
Two heavy metals (Cu, Pb) were detected from each port with
some concentration below the permissible maximum
concentration of environment quality standard set by the World
—Sediments, heavy metals, distribution, Samoa.
T. Imo, F. Latū, V. Vaurasi, and J. Yoshida are with the National
University of Samoa, Faculty of Science, Samoa (e-mail: email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
P. Amosa is with the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science,
University of Otago, NZ (e-mail: email@example.com,
M. A. Sheikh is with the Centre for Graduate Studies and Research, State
University of Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Distribution of Heavy Metals in Sediments at the Commercial and Fishing Ports in Samoa, "T. Imo, F. Latū, V. Vaurasi, J. Yoshida, P. Amosa, and M. A. Sheikh," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 517-521, 2014.