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Something’s fishy: Arizona environmental agency issues fish consumption advisories

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 file photo, showing the low water levels at Lake Pleasant, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX — An Arizona environmental agency has issued three new fish consumption advisories after the species were tested to have higher levels of mercury, according to a recent press release.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality said the Largemouth Bass from Apache Lake, Flathead Catfish from Bartlett Lake and Striped Bass from Lake Pleasant were all found to have higher than normal levels of mercury after a recent analysis from fish tissue.

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass (Apache Lake)

bass apache lake

Striped Bass (Lake Pleasant)

flathead catfish

Flathead Catfish (Bartlett Lake)

(Photos: ADEQ)

Officials said adults should only eat up to 2.4 ounces — measured at an uncooked weight — of the fish species per week, while children ages 12 and younger should only have up to two ounces per month.

Despite the higher levels of mercury found in the fish, officials said the lakes are “not affected” by the advisory and remain safe for recreational activities.

According to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, mercury in the environment can come from many different sources and can cause “numerous health problems” if ingested.

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