Fishermen, fish eaters asked to take part in mercury study

PALM BAY, Fla. - Some people who fish and eat local seafood in central Florida are being asked to take part in a research study to learn how fish consumption influences mercury exposure in humans.

Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute researchers will collect hair samples for mercury testing on July 17 at The Lagoon House in Palm Bay. People will also be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire.

Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/PoXSzf ) reports the results of the study will be shared with the community to highlight specific species and consumption levels.

The human body tends to shed mercury through the hair and nails. Hair samples can show whether someone has been exposed to too much mercury.

Officials say the most at-risk from mercury are children and pregnant women.

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Information from: Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com

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