C-MERC Background Information


Mercury: From Source to Seafood A ten minute web-based film explaining how mercury gets into the seafood we eat, why it is important to eat low-mercury fish for good health, and the need to keep mercury out of the environment.

US DHHS: Enviro-Health Links - Mercury and Human Health This is a comprehensive site that provides information about (1) mercury in the environment and (2) human exposure to mercury.

ToxFAQs for Mercury The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, produces ToxFaQs. This is link to a fact sheet prepared in response to the most frequently asked health questions about mercury.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Mercury This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) In 2011, The EPA announced standards to limit mercury, acid gases and other toxic pollution from power plants.

INC5 The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5) will be held in Geneva, from 13 to 18 January 2013.

ICMGP 2013 The 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.

WebElements Periodic Table: Mercury This site includes extensive information on the chemical properties of mercury.

Biodiversity Research Institute: Center for Mercury Studies BRI continues to play a lead scientific role in understanding the exposure and effects of mercury on wildlife in New England, North America, and around the world.

The Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research and Outreach This site aims to improve our understanding of how mercury cycles in our environment, and of the health effects of methylmercury from fish consumption.

Mercury Policy Project The Tides Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those affecting social change, formed the Mercury Policy Project (MPP). The MPP works to promote policies to eliminate mercury uses, reduce the export and trafficking of mercury, and significantly reduce mercury exposures at the local, national, and international levels.

Seafood Health Facts This is a joint project of Oregon State University, Cornell University, the Universities of Delaware, Rhode Island, Florida & California and the Community Seafood Initiative. Resources are summarized for the general public in a way that is easy to read and understand. The content is intended for healthcare providers, patients and consumers who purchase or eat seafood.

Washington State Department of Health: Healthy Fish Guide The Healthy Fish Guide can help you make smart seafood choices when you are at the store shopping or eating at a restaurant.

U.S. EPA: Fish Consumption Advisories All 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories of American Samoa and Guam, and five Native American tribes (for simplicity, referred to here as "states") have fish consumption advisories in place to protect their residents from the potential health risks of eating contaminated fish caught in local waters.

Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program The Monterrey Bay Aquarium recommends which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers and businesses become advocates for ocean-friendly seafood. You can get recommendations online, in printed pocket guides, or on your mobile devices.

Natural Resources Defense Council: Sustainable Seafood Guide The NRDC has materials to help consumers select fish, including a Shopper's Guide to America's Five Favorite Fish, Here's the Catch (information about sustainable fishing methods), and Label Lookup.

Health Canada: Mercury in Fish Health Canada recommends eating at least two servings of fish each week that are high in omega-3 fats and low in mercury.

FishWise A sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally responsible practices.

Teachers' Domain: Mercury Calculator By typing in your weight, selecting a type of fish, and indicating the amount you might eat this week, this mercury calculator produced by Teachers' Domain will calculate your estimated mercury exposure