Fish Sellers Knowledge on Exposure of Mercury from Fish in the Kenjeran Beach Area, Surabaya


  • Trias Mahmudiono Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Eurika Zebadia Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Diah Indriani Department of Biostatistics and Population, Public Health Faculty, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Stefania Setyaningtyas Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia



Mercury, Food safety, Fish


The development in industrialization and human activities causing public health problems related to the safety of fish consumed in areas where industrialization is taking place especially in Surabaya city. One of the concerns on food safety especially in fish is the contamination of mercury. This study aimed to measure and identify the mercury contamination in fish especially in freshwater and saltwater fish and to assess the mercury contamination knowledge level among fish sellers in Kenjeran Beach area, Surabaya. A number of 36 sellers from eight traditional markets located near Kenjeran Beach area were randomly selected and 72 fish were taken to the laboratory to assess the mercury concentration. The sellers were given a questionnaire to assess their knowledge of mercury pollution in fish. The result showed that 55.5% of saltwater fish were contaminated with mercury (mean=0.00686 ppm). The mean score of questionnaires was 7.69 out of 19. There was no significant association between the questionnaire score and fish’s mercury concentration. This study highlights the association between sellers buying fish from Kenjeran Beach and fish’s mercury contamination. The increased risk of contamination from food can occur due to the low awareness among citizens and food sellers. Therefore, direct and indirect strategies to empower people who live near Kenjeran Beach Area to choose low mercury concentrated fish are needed.


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Mahmudiono T, Zebadia E, Indriani D, Setyaningtyas S. Fish Sellers Knowledge on Exposure of Mercury from Fish in the Kenjeran Beach Area, Surabaya. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Nov. 22 [cited 2022 Aug. 14];9(E):1549-52. Available from:



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