Kansas Wildlife Federation

Thursday, August 25 2005

Record tuna also sets mercury record

Filed under: — Dan @ 02:56pm

For all of the excuses and finger pointing that goes on with mercury, a few things are clear: one is that mercury levels are increasing in local waters, and another is that human sources of mercury get the blame.

While the effect is unknown for deep-sea fish, fish from coastal waters are certainly accumulating mercury in great quantities. As one example, the Delaware News Journal carries this article on a record-breaking tuna, which came in on the scale at 873 pounds. (And imagine that fight!)

Perhaps not surprisingly, the fish also carried a new level of mercury contamination. The quote from the article:

The mercury also was nearly twice the highest level of mercury ever found by the FDA in fresh or frozen tuna steaks….

As always, pregnant women and small children should probably minimize fish consumption, especially for critters high on the food chain, such as tuna and swordfish.

Friday, August 19 2005

Birds and birds

Filed under: — Dan @ 12:12pm

Two different bird-hunting issues are coming our way here.

1) In this story from the Lawrence Journal-World, we get a reminder that dove season is only 12 days away. This article has a number of good tips on how to get ready and how to get the most out of your experience.

And if you need some ideas on what to do with your harvest, this recipe page from North Carolina State’s extension service has some great recipes for dove (and much more. )

2) The US Fish & Wildlife Service is considering an idea called the “hunter’s choice” bag concept. Essentially, what this idea boils down to is that instead of having many distinct waterfowl seasons, hunters would be responsible for setting their own bag limits within an overall limit framework. This would avoid some season closures and would help keep hunters from accidentally violating the law.

If after reading the story, you have an opinion on the concept, email us at info@kswildlife.org.

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