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GrumpyOldCrappie

Traces of Mercury

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I've been hitting some nice 12-14 inch Crappies on a lake.

Caught a couple Walleyes too. As I read some lake info. on the DNR site, it says Mercury has been detected in Walleye and Northerns.

Would you eat fish from this lake?

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There usually is a fish consumption advisory on each lake the dnr monitors. Check that out it will tell you how many meals per week are safe and so on. . .

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I've been hitting some nice 12-14 inch Crappies on a lake.

Caught a couple Walleyes too. As I read some lake info. on the DNR site, it says Mercury has been detected in Walleye and Northerns.

Would you eat fish from this lake?

That would depend. What lake are you fishing? wink

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There usually is a fish consumption advisory on each lake the dnr monitors. Check that out it will tell you how many meals per week are safe and so on. . .

Just make sure you watch how many times you eat them per month and so on.

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Here is a story on Fox 9's web site today.

MPCA: Mercury Levels in

Fish Rising

Created On: Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009, 5:56 PM CST

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the amount of toxic mercury in northern pike and walleye has been increasing unexpectedly since the mid-1990s.

The MPCA reported the increase on Tuesday. MPCA scientists analyzed tissue obtained from fish collected from 845 Minnesota lakes over 25 years. The MPCA says the finding is a concern because the mercury in the fish is toxic to humans and wildlife.

Because the trend is statewide, the MPCA says a local source of mercury is likely not responsible.

MPCA scientist Bruce Monson says the cause is most likely increased coal burning in other countries, or factors associated with climate change -- or both.

Minnesota is working with scientists from the other Great Lakes states and provinces. Monson says the hope is to combine data and create a database that will allow officials to look at regional trends.

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"While mercury levels in fish declined 37 percent from 1982 to 1992, they spiked back up 15 percent from 1996 to 2006"

-Bruce Monson, PCA scientist.

Although not good.

22% less mercury than pre 1992 levels.

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What happened from 92-96? 22% less mercury than pre 92 levels seems suspicious, especially when there is 4 yrs of missing data?!?

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If you belive eveything the gov. said we would dead in 6 mouths...lol

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If you have one or two meals a week, are not pregnant or a child, you are fine.

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What happened from 92-96? 22% less mercury than pre 92 levels

Democrat in the White House. laughlaughlaugh

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Originally Posted By: brdhunter
What happened from 92-96? 22% less mercury than pre 92 levels

Democrat in the White House. laughlaughlaugh

Yup, asleep at the wheel.

That would explain the 4 yrs. of missing data. laughlaughlaugh

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