Report | September, 2009
Mercury Levels in Hair of Coastal Alabama Anglers and Residents
Oceana offered free mercury hair tests at the 2006 Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo held in Dauphin Island, AL, July 21-23, 2006. Anglers were targeted due to their purported higher levels of fish consumption but other interested attendees were tested as well. The goal of this study was to provide confidential information on personal mercury levels to those interested and to help characterize seafood consumption and mercury exposure in Gulf anglers and residents. Mercury levels in women tested at the Rodeo were double the national average.