Report says popular fish from bay have high levels of mercury |

Report says popular fish from bay have high levels of mercury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ” A report on contamination in Northern California fish says some of the most popular fish have the highest concentrations of mercury.

In a three-year study by government and private researchers, the report found on average, striped bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, carp, crappie, channel catfish and white catfish have some of the highest levels of mercury contamination.

Lower levels were found in blue gill, chinook salmon, red-ear sunfish and steelhead trout.

The study is being called the most exhaustive study to date on mercury levels in fish caught in the region.

It was released as part of a campaign to educate people who fish in popular sites in San Francisco Bay, including the Ferry Building pier, the Berkeley Marina and the Antioch Harbor.

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