State issues fish advisory for 2 lakes due to mercury levels

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PHOENIX -- Arizona health agencies issued warnings Friday about consuming fish from two Arizona lakes because of mercury contamination.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Department of Health Services issued a fish consumption advisory that recommends people limit eating certain fish caught from Lake Pleasant and Roosevelt Lake.

Tissue samples taken by ADEQ of fish caught from the two lakes and analyzed show elevated levels of mercury.

The fish covered by the consumption advisory are largemouth bass taken in Lake Pleasant and largemouth bass and channel catfish in Roosevelt Lake.

The state says the source of the mercury could come from various sources.

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