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Fish Consumption Advisory available

Posted: Monday, Jul 8th, 2013

The WGFD nets and monitors fisheries every three years, and part of the work involves taking a flesh sample to be sent to the WDH for mercury testing.

PINEDALE – The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), in conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), have released the most updated information for people to view in order to make an informed decision about including wild-caught fish in their diets.

The Fish Consumption Advisory details specific Wyoming waters and includes how much fish a person can consume in a month to be safe from possible mercury poisoning. The people most at risk of mercury poisoning from consuming too much fish are women who might become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children younger than 15, but the Fish Consumption Advisory also explains how much fish other people should eat to stay healthy.

The WDH release says eating fish and shellfish is known to be beneficial because they are low in saturated fat and contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as being high in protein and other essential nutrients. Unfortunately, fish can also contain methyl mercury.

“Methyl mercury can build up in body tissue over time and consuming too much of it can pose human health risks,” the release states. “At high levels, mercury can adversely affect developing fetuses and the growing brains of children.”

For the complete article see the 07-09-2013 issue.

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