by Moira Harrington, Wisconsin Sea Grant

According to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 40 years of reduced mercury use, emissions, and loading in the Great Lakes region have largely not produced equivalent declines in the amount of mercury accumulating in large game fish.

Researchers, including those from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, say this is due to aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan — quagga and zebra mussels — that have upended the food web and forced fish to seek atypical food sources enriched in mercury.

Mercury, or methylmercury as it exists in fish, is a neurotoxin that can cause

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