State issues advisory on Payette Lake fish


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Idaho public health officials are urging
caution after lake trout caught from Payette Lake tested high for
levels of mercury.
The Idaho Division of Public Health issued an advisory Wednesday
urging Idahoans to limit monthly consumption of lake trout caught
from the lake near McCall.
Officials say tests found levels of mercury similar to amounts
found in commercial albacore tuna, which also carries warnings for
limited consumption.
Mercury poses a risk to developing fetuses and children,
specifically reducing a child's ability to learn. Health officials
recommend that children under 15 and pregnant women limit eating
lake trout from Payette Lake to two meals per month.
Previous testing also showed mercury levels in lake trout from
Payette Lake. But no advisory was issued because taking the fish
was illegal.

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