Don’t eat the bream

A RECENTLY issued brochure contains important information about the safety of fish caught in the River Derwent. The annual Derwent Estuary Report Card warns that heavy metal levels in shellfish are slowly declining but mercury levels in some Derwent-caught fish are above recommended health guidelines.

“Results from a pilot survey of fish caught in the estuary found mercury levels in bream, and estuary trout, are in excess of recommended food safety standards,” Derwent Estuary Program director Christine Coughanowr said when releasing the report card last week.

The current health advice in relation to Derwent-caught fish is available in the recently updated brochure Should I eat Shellfish and Fish from the Derwent? This brochure says:

  • Do not eat any bream from the Derwent
  • Do not eat any shellfish from the Derwent
  • Limit consumption of flathead and other Derwent-caught fish (eg trout and mullet)
  • Pregnant women and young children should limit consumption of flathead or other Derwent-caught fish to no more than ONE meal per week, and avoid eating other fish in the same week.
  • Other adults should limit their consumption of flathead or other Derwent-caught fish to no more than TWO meals per week.

 Download a copy of the brochure here

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