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Environ Pollut. 2006 Jun;141(3):513-8. Epub 2005 Dec 9.

Mercury in fish from two Nicaraguan lakes: a recommendation for increased monitoring of fish for international commerce.

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University of Central America, Apdo. 69, Managua, Nicaragua.


We measured total mercury concentrations in water and fish of Lake Managua and Lake Apoyo. Water mercury concentrations were 10-fold higher in Lake Managua than in Lake Apoyo, although differences in mercury concentration in the most common native fish were not significant. One-fourth of the commercially fished tilapia in Lake Managua exceeded maximum recommended mercury levels for consumption among pregnant women and other at-risk groups, although bioavailability to fishes was lower than in previously studied sites in Brazil and Western Maryland. The lower bioavailiability may present important information for management options to reduce mercury exposure to fishes and humans. We recommend closer mercury monitoring among freshwater fish destined for international commerce.

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