State officials add two Utah reservoirs to mercury advisory list

Posted at 9:57 PM, Sep 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-02 23:57:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY --  Officials with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality are asking Utahns to be aware of recent updates to the Utah Mercury Fish Consumption Advisory List.

The advisory updates are being issued after state officials found elevated levels of mercury in fish tissue in Starvation Reservoir and Yuba Reservoir.

The advisory says pregnant women and children under six should not consume Walleye caught at Starvation Reservoir or Yuba Reservoir.

The advisory also says pregnant women and children under six should not consume Largemouth Bass caught at Quail Creek Reservoir or Recapture Reservoir.

People who do not meet those criteria may consume the fish in limited quantities. (Read the advisories at for details.)

Chronic exposure to low concentrations of methyl mercury in fish may result in neurological efects in a developing fetus and children, according to the advisory.

Any health risks associated with eating fish from the fish advisory areas are based on long-term consumption and are not tied to eating fish occasionally, the advisory said.