SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A new survey finds that sport fish from rivers and streams in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have higher levels of mercury in their systems than fish taken from anywhere else in California.
The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that the State Water Resources Control Board in 2011 surveyed 16 species from 63 locations. The study found that Sacramento pikeminiiow, smallmouth, largemouth and striped bass from the Delta watershed had the highest concentrations of mercury in their tissues.READ MORE: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Grows To 1,500 Acres; Residents Forced To Evacuate; Highway 1 Shut Down
The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment lists mercury as unsafe for frequent consumption, especially for children and women of child-bearing age.READ MORE: UPDATE: High Winds Topple Trees; Downs Power Lines; Leave Path Of Destruction In San Jose Neighborhood
Many of the fishing spots with the most contaminated fish have signs warning anglers of potential health hazards.
But UC Davis researcher Fraser Shilling tells the Bee that some people ignore the advisories and nonetheless consume what they catch.MORE NEWS: Pipeline Of Illegal Weapons Shutdown; Four Arrested In San Mateo, Alameda County Raids
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