What are the best places to catch fish without mercury in New York?


Quick Answer

The best waters in New York to catch fish without mercury contamination are those distant from landfills in areas receiving less rainfall. A local New York State Environmental Conservation Office and the State Department of Health can be contacted by anglers for specific information about any waters in question.

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As of 2014, the Department of Health lists 70 bodies of water within the state with consumption advisories due to unsafe mercury levels of their fish, with pregnant women and young children the most at-risk. Mercury from the bulbs of fluorescent and HID lamps often reach waters through run-off, sediment contamination, and leaks and spills. Bacteria from acid rain also converts the water to methylmercury, which rises up the food chain, affecting larger sport fish the most.

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