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Mercury in Fish

Consumption of fish is the main source of mercury exposure for humans. Mercury concentrations in local freshwater fish are of particular concern because mercury is a known neurotoxin that may impact the health of domestic fish consumers, especially foetuses (thorough their mothers) and young children. NSC has worked extensively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the hydroelectric sector to design and implement long-term monitoring studies related to mercury in fish, and regularly collects and reports fish mercury data from more than 20 waterbodies across Manitoba as part of the Coordinated Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP).

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