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04-06-2004, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr.
The type of airborne pollutants discussed in those articles don't have anything to do with mercury levels in fish. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and is pretty well educated on which fish have inherently high levels of mercury and which don't. As mwshapi said, Tuna is one of the highest. You have to be VERY careful about the amount of tuna you consume. On the other hand, Talapia or Chilean Sea Bass contain almost no mercury. The type of fish you consume most often determines your risk level.
How did the mercury get into the food chain in the first place? Most of it comes from industrial waste that people dump into the ocean and coal burning power plants. The other problem is once mercury is in water it doesn't disolve and it does get moved around by currents--spreading the damage around.

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