This data set is composed to assess the accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) dioxin like (DL) and not dioxin like (NDL), organochlorine pesticides (POCs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Thunnus thynnus and to elucidate the suitability of this species as a bioindicator for monitoring contaminations of these compounds in the marine ecosystems of the Straits of Messina.This investigation was conducted on liver samples of 14 T. thynnus collected during April 2015. Quantitative determination of PCBs (DL and NDL), POCs and PAHs in the examined samples has been carried out by HRGC-MS/MS.Among the PCBs, high prevalence of DL was found while, generally, the values detected for PCBs-NDL were lower than the legal limits. Tuna samples analyzed for PAHs residues revealed that all the samples were contaminated with acenaphthalene, fluorene, phenanthrene and anthracene. Moreover, generally the residual levels of DDT and DDT metabolites were low.The total content of PCB-DL, in almost all the samples, showed higher concentration than the legal limit.
Saija, E., Mangano, V., Casale, K. E., La Torre, G. L., Dugo, G., & Salvo, A. (2016). Determination and quantification of PCBs, POCs and PAHs in Thunnus thynnus from the Straits of Messina (Italy). Data in Brief, 7, 129–134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2016.02.027