27 Apr 2017

Study reveals high mercury levels in Pacific

From , 3:04 pm on 27 April 2017

People in the Pacific are being advised to avoid certain fish after a study revealed high levels of mercury in hair samples from the region.

The study, involving the Biodiversity Research Institute and the UN Environment Programme, included samples collected from women of child-bearing age in four Pacific countries over the past year.
The Institute's chief scientist David Evers says the higher mercury levels in the region are likely due to a diet high in certain fish.

But he told Sally Round the study highlights the need for more monitoring.

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Pacific Bluefin is seen as a riskier choice of fish Photo: Supplied/WWF