Risk of mercury contamination to fish species

20th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2006, MADRID — Despite warnings of mercury contamination in 11 species of fish, Spain will not heed a ban until 2020.

20 November 2006

MADRID — Despite warnings of mercury contamination in 11 species of fish, Spain will not heed a ban until 2020.

The country's mercury industry, one of the biggest in Europe, should abide by a European Union directive and phase out mercury by next year.

Instead, it will still produce the potentially deadly chemical until 2020.

Environmental groups have warned mercury-based chlorine has contaminated 11 species of fish.

These include dogfish, lobster, swordfish and tuna.

The fish are contaminated when mercury-based chlorine is released into the air or sea.

Ricardo Aguilar, of the NGO Oceana, told the Spanish daily El Pais: "The problem is mercury will accumulate in the animals that humans consume."

In large doses mercury can be lethal, but in small doses it can harm brain, heart and reproductive systems.

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Subject: Spanish news 

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