Documentary highlights mercury-in-fish risk


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
December 16, 2009

A new documentary highlighting the dangers of mercury exposure and encourages viewers to use an online mercury-in-fish calculator to determine whether a species is safe to eat.

The documentary, “Mercury Rising,” was released last week as a DVD to accompany “The Cove,” a film that follows a dive team researching the plight of dolphins and calls for an end to the slaughter of 23,000 dolphins annually off Japan.

“Mercury Rising” spotlights the advocacy efforts of the Mercury Policy Project and GotMercury to alert consumers of the health risks associated with eating fish relatively high in mercury with the ultimate goal of reducing mercury emissions.

The documentary pushes viewers to use the Cove-GotMercury calculator, which allows consumers to check their mercury exposure from fish online or on a cell phone based on their weight, species and serving size.

“The Cove version of the GotMercury calculator will help fish and sushi eaters who are worried about mercury levels in seafood make healthier choices,” said Buffy Martin Tarbox, campaign coordinator for the GotMercury Project of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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