State Warns Against Eating Certain Fish Caught Off Texas Coast

AUSTIN (May 8, 2013)--State health officials are raising mercury concerns as they advise some people not to eat or at least to limit consumption of certain fish caught off the Texas coast.

The Department of State Health Services issued the advisory Tuesday.

Experts say too much mercury can harm the central nervous system.

Some fish caught in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico had mercury at concentrations that exceed Texas health guidelines.

The advisory involves shark, blackfin tuna, blue marlin, little tunny, crevalle jack, king mackerel, swordfish and wahoo.

DSHS says women of childbearing age and youngsters younger than 12 shouldn't eat those fish.

The advisory recommends older women and men limit their consumption of such fish to no more than one or two meals monthly.

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