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The fish are toxic, not some of the fish, as if we could tell the toxic fish from the non-toxic fish, but ALL FISH tested had mercury in contaminiation. If the fish living in the water we drink are contaminated doesn't it make sense that the water is contaminated. What are the short and long term ramifications of drinking the water? Bottled water in plastic containers is not any safer according to reports, and worse some of the bottled water sold has been exposed as simple tap water.

No fish can escape mercury pollution. That's the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 streams across the country.

The toxic substance was found in every fish sampled, a finding that underscores how widespread mercury pollution has become.
Research has shown mercury in fish from isolated areas of Alaska and Canada, and species that live in the deep ocean.

Mercury was also found in high concentrations in western streams that drain areas mined for mercury and gold.

A new research published in the "Journal of Aquatic Animal Health" has made a step closer to find out why so many male small-mouth bass in the Potomac River basin produce immature female egg cells in their testes, a type of artificially-induced hermaphrodism or intersex, called testicular oocytes (TO).

TO has been signaled in other rivers and in other species too: spot-tail shiners in the St. Lawrence River, white suckers in Colorado, shovelnose sturgeon in the Mississippi, white perch from the Great Lakes, roach in the U.K and Denmark, sharp-tooth catfish in South Africa, three-spine stickleback in Germany, and barbel in Italy, but also in marine and estuarine species in Japan, the UK and the Mediterranean.

In many places, this has been connected to known or suspected human-originated endocrine disrupting contaminants, usually mimicking estrogens (female sex hormones) coming from untreated standard sewages and runoff from farms. The source of these chemicals are birth control pills and hormone replacements, pesticides, fertilizers and synthetic hormones from farm animals.


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