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Scientists to Test Fish for Mercury

Scientists to Test Fish for Mercury



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EAST CANYON RESERVOIR (AP) -- Nearly a dozen trout have been caught from a Utah reservoir to be tested for mercury.

Yesterday, a team of scientists caught eleven trout from the East Canyon Reservoir. The fish were measured, weighed and wrapped to be sent to a laboratory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. That's where more scientists will analyze their muscle tissue for mercury.

East Canyon Reservoir is the third Utah water body where state Water Quality and Wildlife Resources workers have gathered preliminary samples.

Fish consumption advisories may be issued if test results reveal enough mercury in the fish.

Utah and Wyoming are the only states in the West that don't have mercury-related fish advisories.

By the end of this month, scientists will also take fish from Lake Powell and from the Green River in Desolation Canyon. Test results are expected by September 1st.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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