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Catch of the Day: Mercury

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GotMercury.orgs Eli Saddler reading a mercury warning sign near the marina in Berkeley, California.  Source: Tena Rubio

GotMercury.org's Eli Saddler reading a mercury warning sign near the marina in Berkeley, California. Source: Tena Rubio

What’s the Catch of the Day? Mercury. It’s poisoning our waters, our fish, our bodies and it isn’t going away any time soon. Each year tons of mercury gets into our streams, bays and oceans. How does it get there, what does it do to us and how can we protect ourselves?

On this edition, we go to the San Francisco Bay. Joined by a public health analyst, we’ll talk to local fisherman, new moms, restaurant-goers and the E.P.A. about mercury.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the As You Sow Foundation.

Featuring:

Steve, fisherman; Eli Saddler, Northern California GotMercury.org public health analyst; Sarah and Kim, moms on pier; Linda and Margaret, PF Chang’s China Bistro patrons; Allan Hirsch, CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Chief Deputy Director; Lisa Rudman, National Radio Project’s Executive Director.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Associate Producer: Emily Polk
Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich
Intern: Alexis McCrimmon

For more information:

GotMercury.org (a project of Turtle Island Restoration Network) – Forest Knolls, CA

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Washington, DC

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children Program)

Mercury Policy Project – Montpelier, VT

Zero Mercury Campaign

Mercury in Schools

Healthcare without Harm

Additional links:

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics

Greenaction

Oceana

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Seafood Watch Program – Monterey, CA
The Aquarium updates the wallet sized seafood-watch guide with information provided by Environmental Defense

Thirst (movie)

Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water (book)

OceanHealth.org

Author: Radio Project

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