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Old 07-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Gulf of mexico 2013 don't eat the fish mercury warning

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

GULF OF MEXICO 2013 DON'T EAT THE FISH MERCURY WARNING



Texas Department of State Health Services
NEWS RELEASE
May 7, 2013





DSHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Texas Coastal Waters


The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume or to limit consumption of certain fish caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury.


Women of childbearing age, including women who are nursing, and children under 12 years old should not consume certain fish off the Texas coast. The advisory recommends women past childbearing age and adult men limit their consumption of fish from this area to no more than one or two meals per month. A meal is 8 ounces of fish. (See chart below for specific recommendations.)


The advisory was issued after testing revealed that fish examined from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico contained mercury at concentrations that exceed DSHS health guidelines of 0.7 mg/kg in the following species: shark (all species), blackfin tuna, blue marlin, little tunny, crevalle jack, king mackerel, swordfish, and wahoo. Regular or long-term consumption of these fish may result in serious adverse health effects.


Mercury is a naturally occurring element that can also be a byproduct of human activity. If consumed regularly, it can cause harmful effects to the central nervous system, particularly in children including those exposed before birth. Symptoms of prolonged exposure include liver damage, tingling of the skin, loss of coordination, visual and hearing impairment, slurred speech and other damage to the brain and nervous system.






Species Affected
Women of Childbearing
Age and Children < 12
Women Past Childbearing
Age and Adult Men
Blackfin tuna
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
Blue marlin
DO NOT EAT
DO NOT EAT
Little tunny (Bonito)
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
Crevalle jack
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
King mackerel < 35 inches
DO NOT EAT
1 meal/week
King mackerel > 35 inches
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
Shark (all species)
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
Swordfish
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
Wahoo
DO NOT EAT
2 meals/month
Women of childbearing age and children less than 12 years of age or who weigh less than 75 pounds should use caution when eating large cobia or yellowfin tuna. Mean mercury concentrations for these fish do not exceed the DSHS guidelines for protection of human health, but limited mercury data indicate that eating large cobia or yellowfin tuna may pose significant health risks.





To view the map, advisory and other information about fish testing, go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/seafood.




Note: Advisories are already in place for blue marlin, swordfish, and king mackerel caught off the Texas coast. Consumption recommendations for these fish are included in the chart above.




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(News Media Contact: Chris Van Deusen, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-776-7753.)


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Mercury Reaches Unsafe Levels in Gulf Fish from Texas Coast

By News Desk | May 8, 2013 Fish caught off the coast of the Lone Star State contain unsafe mercury levels, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) warned Tuesday.
In the first consumption advisory issued by Texas since last September, when it warned the public not to eat Blue marlin caught in state coastal waters, the TDSHS said women of childbearing age, including women who are nursing and children under 12, should not consumer certain other species of fish caught off the coast.
The new advisory recommends women past childbearing age and men limit their consumption of fish from all waters off the Texas coast to no more than one or two meals per month. For purposes of the warnings, TDSHS figures a meal includes no more than an 8-ounce serving.
The advisory was issued after testing revealed that fish examined from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico contained mercury at concentrations that exceed TDSHS health guidelines of 0.7 mg/kg in the following species: shark (all species), black fin tuna, blue marlin, little tunny, crevalle jack, kind mackerel, swordfish and wahoo.
Texas health officials say regular or long-term consumption of fish with these mercury levels may result in severe adverse health effects.
Mercury is both a naturally occurring element and it a byproduct of human activity. If consumed on a regular basis, mercury can cause harm to the central nervous system, especially in children, among whom exposure begins before they are born.
Symptoms include liver damage, tingling of the skin, loss of coordination, visual and hearing impairment, slurred speech and brain and central nervous damage.
Women of childbearing age and children under 12 should not eat any of the listed species. Women past childbearing age and adult men should limit their intake of black fin tuna, blue marlin, little tunny, crevalle jack, king mackerel under 35 inches, all shark species and swordfish to two meals per month, according to the advisory. Meals of large king mackerel (over 35 inches) should be limited to one meal per month.
The new warning is significantly more severe than the September 2012 advisory that first recommended against eating Blue marlin.
© Food Safety News


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Old 07-12-2013, 04:18 PM   #2
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Since most contaminants are contained in the fat I have always wondered if the meat they are testing includes the lateral line and fat from the edges or if its trimmed pure white meat like what most of us would actually eat. Anybody know?
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tuna

then Government,this being so, why don't you all protect us as you so love to do and make it against the law to have one of these unsafe dangerous fish ...take them off the comm list and outta the fish markets also where they cannot be sold to the public since they are poison......it's so easy on rec side ...kinda copy the red snapper thing you all came up with ......have a very short season and then close it...then it's C&R only....nothing to it
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Guess I'm gonna die............

me too........I am done fer sure.... and all this time i was thinking red meat was going to take me out .......LOL
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You seldom here the studies that talk about grilling fish and coffee reducing mercury to negligible amounts, that mercury in fish is a different form of "mercury"and has always naturally occurred...

"The study found that boiling or frying tuna, shark or mackerel, brings about a reduction in mercury exposure of 40 to 60 percent to those eating the fish. If the boiled or fried fish is eaten with coffee or tea (at least 250 milliliters, or 8.5 ounces), such exposure is brought down to almost nothing. Without cooking, eating raw fish such as sushi with coffee and tea still brings down the exposure by 50 to 60 percent."

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I didn't see the old endangered Red Snapper on the list. Seems to me that it would be the health conscious thing to extend Red Snapper Season and Limits. Save the lives of the fish consuming American people.
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Dang it! eating Tuna is bad for you.

I guess I'm going to have to start smoking and drinking copious amounts of alcohol to even things out.
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51 years old. I promise you that the killer bees, swine flu, west Nile, SARS, red meat, salt, alcohol, chupacabre's and anything else in the book of "what's bad for you", will kill me long before mercury in a fish.

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But I'll never quit fishin. Good health and had my share of harvesting from the Gulf.
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