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Study By Researchers in Gorham Warns of Mercury in Fish
01/09/2013 12:25 PM ET  

Human and marine ecosystems around the world are contaminated with mercury, and mercury levels in people and fish regularly exceed health advisory guidelines. Those are among the findings contained in a report released by the organization IPEN and the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham.

(Gorham) -- BRI Executive Director and chief scientist David Evers says data was gathered in fourteen different countries from fish, and hair samples from people associated with those fish.

"80% or more of the fish were over certain guidelines that we identified as being problematic, that one guideline being you can't eat fish over 0.22 more than once a month and then over 80% of the hair from people was over reference dose levels that EPA has established," Evers said.

Government delegates convene next week in Geneva for their final negotiating session to establish an international mercury treaty.

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