High Levels Of Mercury In Fish At New Hogan

High Levels Of Mercury In Fish At New Hogan

High levels of mercury in fish caught at New Hogan Lake have prompted warnings from state officials. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued recommendations regarding black bass, sunfish and channel catfish caught at New Hogan. They say women ages 18-45 and children ages 1-17 may safely eat one serving per week of Channel Catfish or sunfish species.  Women younger than 46 and children younger than 18 should not eat any black bass species from New Hogan Lake. Women age 46 and older and men age 18 and older may safely eat three servings per week of sunfish species, or two servings per week of Channel Catfish, or one serving per week of black bass species. One serving is 8 ounces before cooking, or a fillet about the size and thickness of your hand. Mercury can sometimes be found in fish, especially around former mining and coal burning operations. If you eat too much fish containing mercury, it can cause brain and central nervous system damage.

 

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