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Seafood lovers beware: Mercury-contaminated fish found in local waterways

Fishermen on the Gulf Coast. (FOX10 News) Fishermen on the Gulf Coast. (FOX10 News)
ALABAMA (WALA) -

Several popular fishing spots along the Gulf Coast have been found to have fish with high levels of mercury, so high, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is warning you to not eat certain species of fish in those areas. 

This warning comes after the ADPH tested fish tissues and recently released this updated list of the fishing areas and species you should avoid

Mercury is extremely dangerous for humans. The World Health Organization says it can cause "toxic effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, and eyes."

So how do these fish get contaminated with mercury?

Government records say it's mostly through atmospheric deposition, which is when air pollution from industries gets pushed back down to earth, settling in our local waterways, and building up in the food-chain. 

Here are just a few of the popular fishing spots in Mobile and Baldwin Counties that the ADPH says have been affected by mercury contamination:

  • Big Creek Reservoir - Do not eat any Largemouth bass
  • Escatawpa River - Do not eat any Largemouth bass, Spotted bass, or Blacktail redhorse
  • Fowl River - Do not eat any Largemouth bass
  • Mobile River (southern end) - Do not eat any species
  • Perdido River - Do not eat any species
  • Fish River - Do not eat any Largemouth bass
  • Styx River - Do not eat any Largemouth bass
  • Tensaw River - Do not eat any Largemouth bass
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