Texas State Health Services issues fish consumption advisory

Texas State Health Services issues fish consumption advisory
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:03am

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory about the consumption of certain fish caught in all Texas coastal waters.

The advisory is because of the unsafe levels of mercury in the fish which could be harmful to women of childbearing age, women who are nursing and children under 12 years of age.

The department is also recommending that women, past childbearing age, and adult men limit the consumption of fish to no more than one or two meals per month.

The advisory was issued after testing revealed that fish from the northwestern area of the Gulf contained mercury at higher levels that exceed DSHS guidelines.

Regular or long-term consumption of these fish may result in serious adverse health effects.
 

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.

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