Mercury levels in fish are rising despite reduced emissions

Fishing and warming seas cause changes that affect the toxic metal’s buildup in fatty tissues

cod fisherman

FISH HAUL  A fisherman sorts through Atlantic cod and little skate caught in Stellwagen Bank in the Gulf of Maine. Warming waters and fishing can affect bioaccumulation of toxic methylmercury in these fish, a study suggests. 

Jeff Rotman/Science Source

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Climate

From the Nature Index

Paid Content