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Detroit Free Press: Before You Eat Michigan Fish, Do Some Research
June 13, 2012, 12:23 pm
Filed under: News

The fish from many of Michigan’s Great Lakes and inland waters are so laden with PCBs, mercury, dioxins and other chemical toxins that they shouldn’t be eaten by children or women of childbearing age. And some fish from some of our waters shouldn’t be eaten by anyone of any age.

That’s incredibly sad. And what’s sadder is that the State of Michigan hasn’t done much to make it possible for you to learn about it.

A dozen years or so ago, you were handed a Fish Eating Advisory when you bought a fishing license. Not anymore. The brochures are now printed by the Michigan Department of Health, and a spokesperson said there’s no longer any money to hand them out wholesale.

You can call and ask for one, which will be mailed to you, or you can get it online from the Health Department or the Department of Natural Resources. But don’t people have to know that such a report is available before they’ll ask for it?

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