State Health Department Warns of Unsafe Mercury Levels in Local Fish

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Don't eat it. Ever.
The state health department just released a warning for Texan seafood lovers. Fish examined from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico contained mercury at concentrations that exceed health guidelines. That means if you're pregnant (or even thinking about it) or under the age of 12 -- no more wahoo for you.

The warning applies to most large species of predatory fish that slowly accumulate mercury over their lifespans from consuming smaller fish. Shark, blackfin tuna, little tunny, crevalle jack, king mackerel, swordfish and wahoo are all listed on the warning.

People not interested in procreation who are over the age of 12 can consume the fish but they shouldn't make a habit of eating it regularly. Most of the fish listed in the warning should only be consumed twice a month, with smaller king mackerel (less than 35 inches) being suitable for weekly consumption.

Blue marlin, however, the most popular game fish -- the one with a big sail you often see hanging on the wall of your favorite seafood restaurant -- is not considered safe in any quantity for any consumer.

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Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

I had an effing amazing piece of Mahi last week at Pappadeuxs SA..with lobster bits..not proud, but full!

Izabela Wojcik
Izabela Wojcik

This is ridiculous... Why do we continue to add "bad fish" to the list of things we can no longer eat instead if doing something about what we are doing to the fish, the oceans, and earth in general. Makes me sick! Ps. If you actually divide up what is safe to eat according to the FDA from the Gulf of Mexico, without getting cancer in 5 years, all you are actually allowed is like a 1/4 of a shrimp, less then a bite of fin fish, etc... I'm talking fingernail sizes per day. No one is talking about it, no one cares that we are being poisoned on daily basis for the sake if making more profit.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

methinks jonfromtjs has something.......he brings that rare thing called knowledge to this blob (he he)..........ok, so I smoked some tenderloins, and tuna outback today, and I was visited by:

-the recycling guy (nicest guy ever!)

-the fat guy who carries oxygen, and lives two streets over-I've only met him once before

-a kid asking for water

-and some random guy who asked what I was cooking


I'm thinking about starting a resty called Kerg's Tenderloin and Tuna Tuna Factory Stuff; or for you cool people-GRATE. Because I know how yuppies love places with one name!  It's cool, and ya'll can drink designer cocktails-and I can jack the price up 128% by putting it on a black plate, with with a tree as garnish. Salute'.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

I get my swordfish out of the Trinity. I'm a localvore.

Steve Rainwater
Steve Rainwater

yeah, naturally occurring as methylmercury in the emissions from coal-burning power plants.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I guess I already assumed this.......have you seen The Gulf? I wouldn't eat ANYTHING from Texas waters (fresh or seabound). 

Dave Beavers
Dave Beavers

I'm sure man will get blamed for this, even though mercury is naturally occurring.

Jon Alexis
Jon Alexis

there are no regulations that control the amount of mercury in a deep water fish...unless you are regulating what wild fish eat.

jonfromtjs
jonfromtjs

not noted in the article...the FDA's warning levels have a built in 500% buffer.  in other words, science shows you could eat 5x their limits and not see adverse affects.  I'm not saying do it, but that's the science. 




primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Jon from TJs is definitely a credible authority and his fish is excellent. He knows his fish, he knows when and where they are caught, how they are refrigerated and transported, and how to cook it. I wish he small wild fish more frequently, but whatever he has in stock is flawless.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@Mervis_Earl You should fish the Trinity at night. The fish all glow in the dark and are much easier to see.

They're 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I love the bay, that being named bays proper but also the entire waterway between the barrier islands and the inland coast. The water is clear and the fishing is excellent. There may be no better fish than a freshly caught trout dredged in flour and fried in butter. The reds and flounders are good eating and better fighting, but serve me speckled trout, please.

The Gulf is a pain. Long rides, sea sickness, giant fish you would rather not eat. It is boring. Especially if it involves fishing for red snapper, which is so boring it can't possibly be real fishing and should be outlawed for being fake fishing and its complete disregard of good fishing manners.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ChrisYu

I was thinking unisex with a thumping and roiling beat coming through the speakers-  and a fish tank, nothing says "I'm wildly successful"  like fish and beats sir. Or no terlits. Nothing says I rock like limited facilities and thumpin' beats. I can see it now, Chris Chris eating a $28 salad with the music pulsating at about 8, his head bobbing as his swoll ass body gyrates to post industrial rap, with Euro textures-eff yeah!  It'd be like The Stark Club meats Eatzi's. 

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

On second thought maybe it was a Gar.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship you gotta have a terlit room with a urinal and a shitter, but the shitter wall has to be ripped down so the uber douche has to shit in the open with another douche pissing right next to him.  then the third douche opens the door and is like "FUCK, I didnt need to see that shit brah"  and slams the door, slams is vodka cranberry and leaves in his 1 series convertible bimmer

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

You built this joint Kergs! And then me and you loitered like Jay and SB..

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

If I don't have a fucking star, by mañana ... I will head that way with my brush clearing 5gl pail of diesel.

Not really, a club that would have me as a member tis not a club I wish to join! Y'all can all go to Hell, and I shall go to Texas!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ChrisYu

Dear Chris,

    Does it send you a message saying "Top Commenter" everytime someone responds to a post?   When you are a TC, does the DO send you flowers and/or a gift certificate to the Farmers Market? 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ChrisYu

boy O' boy, times are good when you can just say terlit, and TOP COMMENTER pops up next to yer name. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ChrisYu

you bastards, with....this .......TOP COMMENTER THING (sniffle and swift head turn), I feel like I DIDN"T make the COA all star team; I feel like I'm the fat kid the pretty girls hurl boiled meats and and soiled garbage at. 

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