Saturday, September 08, 2007

Mercury Alaba­ma fishing sites

Mercury is the chief contam­inant at several popular Alaba­ma fishing sites, including the tourist attractions of Bear Creek Reservoir in Franklin County, the Fowl and Tensaw rivers in Mobile and Baldwin County, and even offshore. The entire Gulf Coast, both Mobile and Baldwin counties, carries a mercury advisory for king mackerel. King mackerel more than 39 inches long should not be consumed. King mackerel less than 39 inches in length are marked for "limited consump­tion," meaning women of repro­ductive age and children 15 years old and younger should avoid eating the fish altogether, and adult males should con­sume no more than one meal of king mackerel per month.

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