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If sustainability is the primary environmental concern for fish consumers, mercury is the primary health concern. Fish carry mercury because they absorb methylmercury, a form of the element that binds to the protein in their bodies, from microorganisms in lakes and oceans. As big fish eat little fish, they absorb the methylmercury in their prey. That is why small fish and shellfish that feed on plants have little or no methylmercury, but big, old fish such as swordfish, shark, and tuna carry amounts that can be harmful. For more information, visit:
Food Safety Research Information Office, www.nal.usda.gov/fsrio
EPA Fish Advisories, www.epa.gov/ost/fishadvice
Mercury Policy Project, www.mercurypolicy.org. (Source: Body & Soul magazine, March 2004.)

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