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California Warns Against Eating Certain Fish from Stevens Creek Reservoir Due to Mercury Levels

SAN JOSE (CBS SF/BCN) -- California warned local residents not to eaten certain fish from the Steven Creek Reservoir this week due to high levels of mercury.

The California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment issued the advisory for black bass species, common carp, crappie species and the Sacramento sucker if they are caught at the reservoir in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Women ages 18-49 and any children 17 and under should not eat black bass or crappie from the reservoir, but may east one serving per week of common carp or Sacramento sucker. Any men 18 and older and women 50 and older should not eat black bass but may eat two servings a week of common carp or Sacramento sucker or one serving of crappie, according to the OEHHA.

The agency considers a serving to be an 8-ounce fish fillet and says the mercury from mining or other industrial activities accumulates in fish in the form of methylmercury, which can damage the brain or nervous system, particularly in children and fetuses.

A list of all fish advisories statewide can be found at on the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website..

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