Mercury Facts

When reports about mercury risks from fish consumption appear in the media, the seafood lobby often responds with vigorous denials, trivializing the mercury problem. The barrage of conflicting information is confusing, and it can be difficult for reporters–and consumers–to sort fact from fiction.

The Mercury Policy Project offers here a concise summary of the facts about mercury in fish, and the risks and benefits of seafood consumption. Choose a topic from the list at the left to find a factual account of major issues in this debate. In each factual summary, we present fables the seafood lobby promotes instead of the facts, and our response to each fable.