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Mercury Assessment

In 2011, coastwide sampling found the highest mercury levels in the state in a leopard shark from Humboldt Bay. In July 2016, Humboldt Baykeeper received a grant from the California Environmental Protection Agency to analyze fish caught by local subsistence, tribal, and sport fishermen to determine the magnitude of local mercury contamination in Humboldt Bay.


Target species include lingcod, California halibut, bat ray, leopard shark, shiner surperch, oysters, and several species of clams.



EcoNews Report: Humboldt Baykeeper Co-Founder Fred Evenson on Mercury, Fish, and Monterey

Fred Evenson of the Ecological Rights Foundation and Econews host / director of Humboldt Baykeeper Jen Kalt discussed mercury in fish in Monterey Bay's Elkhorn Slough, where a fish advisory was recently issued to protect human health.

 

"Methylmercury can damage the brain and nervous system, especially in developing children and fetuses.  PCBs can affect the nervous system, and can cause cancer and other health effects," reads the advisory.


"Humans ... and other animals at the top of the food chain are at primary risk" for toxic mercury exposure, says Evenson. 

Evenson co-founded Humboldt Baykeeper with Pete Nichols. Ecological Rights Foundation, formed in the 1990s by activists (including Evenson) in Humboldt to "protect humans from toxic exposure, stopping industrial and municipal water pollution, particularly to coastal environments, and protecting endangered species," he tells Kalt. 

 

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EcoNews Report: Humboldt Baykeeper Co-Founder Fred Evenson on Mercury, Fish, and Monterey
Written by KHSU Staff   


Humboldt Baykeeper is about to begin a California EPA-funded study of mercury in certain Humboldt fishes. Fred Evenson of the Ecological Rights Foundation and Econews host / director of Humboldt Baykeeper Jen Kalt discussed mercury in fish in Monterey Bay's Elkhorn Slough, where a fish advisory was recently issued to protect human health.

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