Researchers from the University of Burgos in Spain have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury when it is present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna.
NBC Bay Area produced an investigative story on California driftnets & the harm they cause to marine wildlife. Please help us share the truth about these deadly nets by sharing this story.
Turtle Island Restoration Network, a Marin-based wildlife organization, is raising a red flag over Donald Trump’s proposed appointment of Scott Pruitt as the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt’s record has shown a favoritism towards the oil industry and actions against wildlife. Turtle Island is urging wildlife lovers to contact their Senators to urge them to oppose his Congressional confirmation.
Turtle Island Restoration Network has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Thanksgiving is a great time to think about what you are thankful for and reflect on the year.
At Turtle Island Restoration Network, we are thankful for you – our members and supporters!
Last night’s election results do not bode well for the animals you and I deeply care about, and the environment on which we all depend.
In the words of the people who support Turtle Island’s vision to protect animals and fight against extinction. Turtle Island Restoration Network protects the
This week Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award. The effective local ocean and marine conservation organization nominated Sen. Allen for his leadership introducing a bill to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly drift gillnets off our coast.
new study by scientists from the University of Miami has found high concentrations of toxins linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks. This latest research combined with data on high levels of mercury in shark meat and fins is adding to a growing body of evidence that eating shark poses serious human health risks. Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) and leading shark conservationists are calling on consumers to not eat shark for their health and for ecological reasons.
Turtle Island’s Public Service Announcement Highlight the Impact of California’s Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish on Marine Wildlife
Turtle Island released a series of Public Service Announcement videos (watch here) to call consumers attention to the impact of ordering a California driftnet caught swordfish.
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Turtle Island has previously earned this top distinction.
Share on Facebook: Share on Twitter: WATCH https://t.co/TgfKo30anB Santa Monica talks to us about CA driftnets that target swordfish. #EndCAdriftnets pic.twitter.com/JZ1u1tRKSk — SeaTurtles.Org (@SeaTurtles_org)
Watch & share our new series of public service announcements on California driftnet caught-swordfish. Don’t let marine wildlife get caught up in driftnets! Make smart seafood choices. Say ‘no’ to California driftnet caught high-in-mercury swordfish that comes with unwanted sides of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales and other marine wildlife.
A researcher proposes a new model for figuring how much mercury in the fish we eat is too much.
Turtle Island is ramping up efforts to advocate for silky sharks on the international stage. In some cases, our presence pushes a conservation agenda forward in a room otherwise filled with fisheries managers.
This morning, Turtle Island and our partner organizations hand delivered your petition signatures on the need to protect sharks from tuna and mahi mahi longliners in the Pacific Ocean to the President of Costa Rica.
La propuesta Costarricense para Conservar el Tiburón Sedoso Menoscaba Esfuerzos Globales Para Conservar Tiburones
Conservacionistas están pidiendo a la comunidad internacional incrementar la protección de tiburones bajo la Comisión Inter Americana de Atún Tropical (CIAT)*, que celebrará su reunión anual la próxima semana en el Sur de California. En particular, los conservacionistas están apoyando una propuesta por parte de la Unión Europea (U.E.) que llama a cerrar las pesquerías dirigidas hacia el tiburón sedoso (Carcharhinus falciformis) por un periodo de tres meses, y a prohibir
Conservationist Urge Adoption of EU Proposal at Tuna Meeting to Prevent Silky Shark Extinction For Immediate Release: June 23, 2016 CONTACT: Randall Arauz International
Pacific bluefin tuna have reached dangerously low population levels, so a coalition of individuals and groups today petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act. The Pacific bluefin tuna population has declined more than 97 percent since fishing began, largely because countries have failed to reduce fishing enough to protect the iconic species, a luxury item on sushi menus.
Conservationists are calling on the global community to increase protections for silky sharks under the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC),* which is holding its annual meeting next week in Southern California. In particular, conservationists are supporting a proposal from the European Union (E.U.) that calls for 3-month closures on targeted silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) fisheries, and for banning the use of wire leaders (a type of gear that catches more sharks).
onservacionistas están pidiendo a la comunidad internacional incrementar la protección de tiburones bajo la Comisión Inter Americana de Atún Tropical (CIAT)*, que celebrará su reunión anual la próxima semana en el Sur de California.
Turtle Island Restoration Network and Kurmalliance, our partners in Southern California, were honored to be featured in Mantra Magazine for our work to phase our deadly California driftnets. Pick up the magazine at Whole Foods and health stores nationwide.
New data from George Mason University has revealed that shark meat sold in San Jose and Heredia food markets contain high levels of toxic mercury. The levels are so high that three shark species tested exceed U.S. federal health guidelines. Advocates are advising consumers, and especially women and children, to not buy shark due to risks to human health.
Late last night Turtle Island and the SF Projection Department lit up the State Capitol of California with images of dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and sea lions.
Protesters Descend on Sen. Lara’s Headquarters in Support of Bill to Protect Dolphins & Whales from Driftnets
Today, Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading marine conservation organization, and Kurmalliance, a Southern California-based ocean activist organization, and Ocean Defenders Alliance, an Orange County based marine conservation organization, marched in front of Senator Ricardo Lara’s office in Long Beach, Calif. The purpose of the peaceful protest was to direct Sen. Lara’s attention to Senate Bill 1114, which would phase out the use of deadly driftnets and better protect marine wildlife. Sen. Lara chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is expected to vote on the bill this week, and is in an influential position to protect California’s precious marine wildlife.
Today, a leading marine conservation organization, Turtle Island Restoration Network, placed a full-page ad in the Orange County Register calling on the legislature to end the California driftnet fishery and transition towards more sustainable fishing methods.
Today Turtle Island Restoration Network, placed a full-page ad in the Orange County Register calling on the legislature to end the California driftnet fishery and transition towards more sustainable fishing methods.
Turtle Island Restoration released graphic photos exposing the deadly bycatch of mutilated dolphins, whales, sharks and sea turtles just days before a crucial vote in the California Senate to phase out this deadly fishery.
Environmental groups this week requested NOAA Fisheries meet its legal responsibility to close Southern California waters from swordfish drift gillnets to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles.
Turtle Island Restoration Network is leading the charge to phase out deadly driftnets. More than 250 scientists and more than 30 organizations representing 1 million members have joined us.
More than 250 Scientists Call on Legislators & Fisheries Managers to Protect California’s Marine Wildlife from Driftnets
Over 250 scientists released a joint scientific letter opposing the deadly California driftnet fishery for swordfish, which has some of the highest bycatch rates in the world. The letter, coordinated by Turtle Island Restoration Network, specifically requests that immediate action be taken to phase out the fishery and protect the ecological integrity of California’s coastal waters.
More than 30 environmental, ocean, conservation, and activist organizations representing over 1 million members signed on to a joint letter today led by Turtle Island Restoration Network calling on California Senators and Assemblymembers to support Senate Bill 1114. This bill would end the most harmful fishing practice on the West Coast by reducing the number of damaging driftnets off the California coast by phasing out remaining driftnet fishing permits and transitioning to more sustainable deep-set buoy gear.
Turtle Island’s new report ‘The Economic Argument Against the California Driftnet Fishery’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery costs more to operate than the wealth that is created by the fishery. The just-released-report examines new data that shows the cost of regulating this dirty fishery would substantially decrease if the California swordfish fishery used more sustainable gear instead of mile-long driftnets.
Senate Bill 1114 to Phase out the California Driftnet Fishery and Protect Marine Wildlife Moves Through Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water
Today the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water voted 6-0 to support Senate Bill (SB) 1114 to phase out the use of mile-long driftnets in California waters. The innovative bill sponsored by Turtle Island Restoration Network and authored by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) lays out a commonsense transition plan to phase out the use of these mile-long nets to a new, more environmentally responsible fishing method using deep-set buoy gear.
This morning our legislative effort to phase out the deadly California driftnet fishery passed its first hurdle! Turtle Island Restoration Network was in Sacramento today to speak in favor of our sponsored bill, Senate Bill 11114, which Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) authored.
Turtle Island ’s new report ‘California Driftnet Fishery: The True Costs of a 20th Century Fishery in the 21st Century – Sea Turtle Impacts’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is among the most harmful fisheries in the U.S. to endangered sea turtles.
Turtle Island Restoration Network Sponsors Bill to Phase out California Driftnet Fishery to Protect Marine Wildlife
Turtle Island is the sponsor of a new bill authored by Senator Ben Allen designed to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly driftnets in California. The legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 1114, will end the most harmful fishing practice on the West Coast by transitioning California’s swordfish industry away from driftnets to more sustainable fishing technology.
Sen. Ben Allen Introduces Bill to Protect Marine Wildlife by Transitioning Swordfish Industry to More Sustainable Technology
enator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) announced today he will author legislation to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly drift gillnets off our coast.
Turtle Island welcomes Randall Arauz, a world renowned and award-winning biologist, to our team in the newly created position of International Director.
Turtle Island’s Public Service Announcement Calls Consumer Attention to California’s Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish, One of Worst in the Nation for Marine Mammals
Turtle Island released a Public Service Announcement video (watch here) to call consumers attention to the impact of ordering a California driftnet caught swordfish.
The ocean and marine conservation organization, Turtle Island Restoration Network launched a new campaign to call for a phase out of California’s driftnet fishery.
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s new report ‘Driftnet Overview’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is among the most wasteful fisheries in the world in terms of bycatch (unwanted animals caught and discarded). The just-released-report examines new data that shows the driftnet fishery is a threat to marine mammals, sea turtles and sharks; targets toxic high-in-mercury fish; is a drag on California’s economy; and hampers efforts to clean up international fishing practices.
Our accomplishments are only possible with your support, and with the action of our more than 200,000 members and activists. You are a key component of our work to save sea turtles, whales, dolphins, sharks, salmon, marine wildlife and our oceans! Learn about our accomplishments and see photos of the marine wildlife we’ve protected in 2015.
The holiday’s are just around the corner and if you are like me you are starting to think about what gifts to give to loved ones during winter celebrations. This year, as you prepare your gift list consider making purchases online from Smile.Amazon.com.
#GivingTuesday™ is a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday following Cyber Monday. Join in by making a donation to Turtle Island on Dec. 1st!!
This September, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) issued a landmark ruling that will put in place stronger regulations for the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish. These new policies come after years of advocacy by Turtle Island Restoration Network and our partners, and may finally set the course to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in California for good.
Landmark New Rules to Protect California’s Whales, Dolphins and Sea turtles from the Drift Gillnet Fishery
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) adopted a strict new rule for California’s drift gillnet fishery to protect nine vulnerable marine species. The rule will institute new “hard caps” that can automatically shut the fishery down if hard limits are reached in any two-year period, reflecting a new no-nonsense approach to dealing with ongoing damage to rare and threatened species, including sperm whales, humpback whales, fin whales, green sea turtles, leatherback sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, olive ridley sea turtles, pilot whales and bottle nosed dolphins. In addition, the PFMC also instituted new performance standards for discards.
After much consideration I ended up picking ‘Celeste Wave Break’ by Dana Bove, the show’s founder. I love how he captured this moment when the wave is about to crash down. It’s such a unique perspective that makes the ocean almost morph into a mountain for a split second.
Roy is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs.
Join Turtle Island’s board and staff to meet the authors at an exclusive pre-event benefit reception and a reserved seat for the Book Talk will be included in your ticket price. Enjoy wine, beer and hearty hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Dance Palace in West Marin. Learn more about our work and enjoy a silent auction. Your ticket purchase will support our work to protect sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, salmon and our world’s oceans.
(Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a series of posts about the Photography for a Change, http://www.photographyforachange.com/, show! Check out our first
The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed major regulations prohibiting the import of seafood into the United States from fisheries that kill whales and dolphins in excess of U.S. standards. Under the new rules, all fisheries worldwide will have to comply with essentially the same marine mammal protection requirements as U.S. fishermen or face an embargo from the lucrative U.S. seafood market.
Ron is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs. This show features four photographers who have generously donated their images and prints to support Turtle Island Restoration Network.
Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce that we are teaming up with Photography for a Change to offer you high quality, fine art prints from top, emerging photographers. For a limited time you can purchase these stunning prints that put you in an ocean state of mind, liven up your walls and help protect our world’s oceans and marine wildlife!
So Delicious Dairy Free to Award $30,000 to best ideas that protect the planet – What’s your idea to save marine wildlife? Eugene, OR, April
Not Guilty Verdict in Murder of Costa Rican Sea Turtle Conservationist Jairo Mora Provokes International Outrage
Jairo’s brutal murder was an assault on those who protect endangered wildlife around the world. Justice for Mora is crucial to keeping wildlife and its defenders safe in Costa Rica, and won’t rest until justice is served.
We should be leaders in fisheries management, not cheaters,” said Doug Karpa, of the California-based Turtle Island Restoration Network, noting that the U.S. is one of the few nations that ban the fishing in its own waters of overexploited stocks unless they are recovering.
Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect bigeye tuna that they say are being over-fished.
Have you sent in your nomination for the 22nd Annual CVNL Heart of Marin Awards? Please nominate Turtle Island Restoration Network for the ‘Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence’ award; And please nominate a dedicated SPAWN volunteer for ‘Volunteer of the Year.’
Turtle Island Helps Gain Protections for a Record Number of Sharks Through the Convention on Migratory Species
A record number of threatened shark species, including scalloped hammerhead sharks and thresher sharks, will be granted greater international protections in part due to Turtle Island Restoration Network’s efforts at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Quito, Ecuador.
Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug Karpa as a staff attorney.
Sara Gendel, a graduate student at Bard College in New York, joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network team this July as our newest conservation intern.
Turtle Island and Consumer Reports are raising public awareness about the amount of mercury in seafood, and alerting consumers to the high mercury content of swordfish and tuna through Turtle Island’s interactive online ‘Got Mercury?’ Calculator.
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration proposed a minimum weekly level for fish consumption for the first time. Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to become pregnant, it said, should eat up to 12 ounces of fish per week. After all, fish is a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Will eating grilled swordfish or tuna sushi expose you to too much mercury? Find out by using the Got Mercury? calculator, provided by Turtle Island Restoration Network. Just enter your body weight, along with the type and amount of fish or shellfish you’re considering eating for the week, and you’ll see how much you will be over or under the maximum acceptable dietary limit for mercury set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pollution may soon overwhelm deep seas’ ability to sequester mercury. Mercury levels in the upper ocean have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial
Charity Navigator, a guide to responsible giving and one of the most used independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Turtle Island Restoration Network the prestigious 4-star rating.
“Todd Steiner brings an uncompromising commitment to the Earth’s wildlife and deep expertise in ocean campaigns, including tireless work to protect dolphins from tuna fishing and closing endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle habitat to drift gillnetting,”
GotMercury.org has long advocated for testing of fish for mercury and other toxins to keep toxic fish off fish counters. Now our friends at Safe Harbor Foods are partnering with Safeway supermarkets to test all fresh seafood in 47 Safeway stores in Oregon and Washington in November and December.
These photos depict only a fraction of the horrible scenes that play out every day as marine wildlife is caught and killed as bycatch in the California Drift Gillnet fishery. These images were obtained by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project through the Freedom of Information Act from NOAA.
GotMercury.org, scientists, doctors and consumer groups urge the FDA & EPA to update mercury fish advisory
GotMercury.org, scientists, medical doctors and consumer advocates wrote to the FDA and EPA last week urging them to strengthen the Federal fish consumption advisory for
BOSTON, Massachusetts — A study of children in the New Bedford, Mass., area suggests that low-level prenatal mercury exposure may be associated with a
A new study released today warns schools that they may be serving tuna that is hazardous to children’s health. The Tuna Surprise report, released by health advocacy groups Mercury Policy Project (MPP) and Clean Water Action, examined the mercury levels of canned tuna sold to schools and assessed children’s exposure from the canned meat.
Canned tuna is the largest source of methylmercury in the average American diet and accounts for nearly one-third of total exposure to the toxic mercury compound, the report said.
A new study indicates that Omega-3 fatty acids and mercury, both found in fish, appear to have opposing affects on cardiac health and risk of myocardial infarction.
This study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at data from more than 1,600 men from Sweden and Finland. Men with high levels of mercury in their body had an increased risk of heart attacks, while those with a high concentration of omega-3s had a lower risk.
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental and consumer organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s failure to implement stricter standards to protect the public from mercury in seafood. The lawsuit seeks a response to a 2011 petition for rules requiring seafood sellers to post signs about the danger of mercury in fish, improved health advisories for people most at-risk from mercury exposure and more stringent mercury limits for FDA-approved seafood.
ALBANY – A 10-year study of Adirondack loons shows mercury contamination can lead to population declines because birds with elevated mercury levels produce fewer
Marin Youth & Got Mercury Discover High Mercury Levels in Locally Purchased Fish As part of the Marin School of Environmental Leadership project, five
Enough is enough. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to fail women and children by allowing seafood with dangerous levels of mercury
New findings from a study of contaminants in fish caught off the California coast detected high levels of the toxin methylmercury in more than
A sweeping state survey of contaminants in sport fish that were hooked, netted or speared in 68 spots on the California coast underscores a
San Francisco, CA A report released today by the public health project, GotMercury.org, confirms fears that Bay Area supermarkets continue to sell seafood that
The strict new federal standards limiting pollution from power plants are meant to safeguard human health. But they should have an important side benefit, according to
Three common environmental chemicals– lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury– may have effects on children’s IQ in the overall population to the impacts of major
Eight percent of newborns in Lake Superior basin show high levels of mercury, according to a recent study by Minnesota’s Department of Health. In Minnesota alone,
This week, after decades of legal delays and foot dragging by the coal and power industry, the EPA unveiled a new rule protecting public
GotMercury.org’s investigation finds nearly half of San Diego area swordfish and tuna contain hazardous levels of mercury
Nearly Half of San Diego Area Swordfish and Tuna Tested Contained Hazardous Levels of Mercury San Diego, CA- Nearly half of San Diego area
Testing results expose mercury levels in marlin jerky as high as five to 28 times greater than government limit; salmon and tuna jerky also contain mercury
Health News Coverage of High Mercury in Sushi and Supermarket Fish Generates Recognition for GotMercury.org of Marin SAN FRANCISCO— On Saturday, August 6, NBC
Health News Coverage of High Mercury in Sushi and Supermarket Fish Generates Recognition for GotMercury.org of Marin
The Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research and Outreach opens at Stony Brook University in New York
Seafood Remains Top Source of Mercury Exposure in United States SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental and consumer organizations filed a legal petition today asking the U.S.
GotMercury.org and the Center for Biological Diversity file Legal Petition today with the FDA demanding stricter protections from mercury in fish for women and children
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental and consumer organizations filed a legal petition today asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implement stricter regulations to protect
Public health and environmental groups issue a letter of support for the Legal Petition filed with the FDA demanding stricter regulations on mercury in seafood
Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Commissioner Hamburg, The public health,
GotMercury.org mentioned in story on Good Morning America about how mercury in seafood can be bad for your libido
A recent episode of the national show Good Morning America featured an interview with Dr. Belisa Vranich who mentioned the GotMercury.org calculator as an
Bluefin tuna are top ocean predators and epic swimmers and can be found in many waters including the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean
Congressional report faults FDA for failing to protect Americans from health risks associated with imported seafood
WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job ensuring that imported seafood doesn’t pose health risks to Americans, failing to properly assess
Study finds children exposed to mercury in the United States through the consumption of contaminated seafood costs the U.S. $5.1 billion a year
Poor childhood health caused by environmental factors, such as air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals, cost the United States $76.6 billion in 2008,
STOCKHOLM — Global mercury emissions could grow by 25 percent by 2020 if no action is taken to control them, posing a threat to
GotMercury.org releases report on mercury levels of seafood in the United States. Mothers across the nation urged to avoid high-mercury seafood
Mothers Across the Nation Urged to Avoid High-Mercury Seafood San Francisco, CA—A new report released by the public health project GotMercury.org finds that high-mercury
San Francisco Chronicle publishes a letter to the editor by GotMercury.org warning about the rise of mercury in seafood
The San Francisco Chronicle published a letter to the editor written by GotMercury.org about the rise of mercury in seafood and encouraging fish eaters
GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood mentioned in San Francisco Chronicle article about mercury levels increasing in Pacific seabirds and the food chain
Mercury climbing in food chain, new study shows article by Kelly Zito Levels of mercury have risen dramatically in some Pacific seabirds in the
Join GotMercury.org in helping to stop the accidental bycatch of high-mercury and critically endangered Bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico
Every year over 1,500 bluefin tuna and hundreds of endangered sea turtles are caught by industrial longline fishing and tossed overboard, dead and wasted
GotMercury.org presents poster at scientific conference San Diego, CA- GotMercury.org presented a scientific poster at the International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) on the connection
Mercury exposure – possibly through eating seafood – is linked to a greater risk of contracting atopic dermatitis, a common skin disease known more
A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology finds that harm from mercury exposure passes down through generations. To read about the study
University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent
U.S. Senators attempting to weaken FDA mercury in seafood advisory San Francisco, CA—Two United States Senators wrote to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
New Tuna Ads Put Profits Before Women and Children’s Health San Francisco, CA—Public health groups are calling for tuna companies to end or amend
The FDA finds StarKist tuna production of tuna products has “serious violations”, yet StarKist has denied requests of the FDA to inspect records involving
Well-known Chef Thom Fox cites GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood report as an important reminder to chefs, restaurateurs and seafood retailers about being more responsible with the fish they choose to serve their customers
Well-known Chef Thom Fox wrote about the GotMercury.org Operation Safe Seafood: California report on the website Triple Pundit. Fox writes: “This report underscores important
Commentary by Buffy Martin Tarbox GotMercury.org A new marketing campaign directed at women to buy and eat more tuna was unveiled this week by
The well-respected Mercury Policy Project launched a website called Mercury and Fish: The Facts to counter misinformation about mercury in seafood spread by the
GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood: California report featured in the Marin Independent Journal
The Marin Independent Journal reported on the findings of the GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood: California. In the article, a spokesperson from the National Fisheries
San Francisco Chronicle reports on GotMercury.org’s findings of toxic levels of mercury in swordfish and tuna sold in California
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the results from GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood: California. Eighty one percent of swordfish tested from retailers in California
New study finds 89 percent of pregnant women had detectable levels of mercury and other toxins in their bodies
USA Today reports on a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives that found 89 percent of pregnant women had detectable levels of mercury
A new study published in Environmental Research found that babies exposed to mercury in the womb through a mother’s consumption of contaminated seafood scored
Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank reveals she suffered from mercury poisoning from eating too much fish
Two time Oscar winner Hilary Swank recently revealed in an interview when she was preparing for the movie “Million Dollar Baby” she needed to
KOLO-TV in Northern Nevada reports on GotMercury.org’s investigation of mercury levels in Northern Nevada seafood
KOLO-TV reporter Terri Russell reported on the GotMercury.org investigation of mercury levels in grocery store tuna and swordfish in Northern Nevada. Twenty eight fish
Consumers Report raises concern about mercury levels in canned tuna calling upon the government to update mercury guidelines and advises women and children to limit consumption
Consumer Reports issued a report today about high levels of mercury found in canned albacore or “white” tuna and advises women and children to
Santa Cruz Sentinel reports on GotMercury.org’s findings: twenty one percent of Santa Cruz area grocery store swordfish and tuna high in mercury
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on the findings of GotMercury.org’s investigation of Santa Cruz, California grocery store swordfish and tuna. Part of the nation-wide
The Environmental Protection Agency found mercury — a pollutant primarily released from coal-fired power plants — and polychlorinated biphenyls in all fish samples it
A new research study by Northeastern University professor Richard Deth suggests that long-term exposure to mercury may be linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Actor Jeremy Piven won his arbitration with the Actor’s Guild earlier this year over his illness from mercury poisoning from sushi. Recently, the New
A recent survey found Americans paying closer attention to food safety with mercury in seafood ranking as the top concern. A recent nationwide survey
Donations of food are being collected across the nation through food drives for families in need. Canned tuna is a common item being donated
The Sun Sentinel reports on the GotMercury.org findings of high mercury in Florida tuna and calls into question the safety of Gulf seafood
Nicole Brochu, Our Health columnist of the Sun Sentinel writes: “And the environmental advocacy group that found seven out of 17 fish purchased from
GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood finds high levels of mercury in Florida tuna and swordfish adding to concerns about safety of Gulf seafood due to BP oil spill
High Levels of Mercury Found in Florida Tuna and Swordfish Adds to Concerns About Safety of Gulf Seafood due to BP Oil Spill Destin,
The New York Post reported on a man who is suing Bumble Bee canned tuna company after becoming ill from elevated mercury blood levels.
This year the GotMercury.org Operation Safe Seafood project has tested over 100 samples of supermarket tuna and swordfish for mercury levels across the country.
A new study has uncovered that tuna is one of the most likely foods to make you sick. One in four Americans are sickened
GotMercury.org was interviewed for the “Mercury Undercover” webcam series created by Powerlunch Production. The Director Elizabeth Hong describes her documentary “Mercury Undercover” as “exposing
Eat Fish? Listen to the ESPN Living the Run podcast with GotMercury.org to learn more about how to make healthier seafood choices
From Living the Run, a health and nutrition radio show and blog: “Ignorance is not bliss. If you eat fish, you should listen up.
When researchers at the University of Las Vegas tested mercury levels in canned tuna they were in for a surprise. Of the 300 canned
GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood finds 35 percent of Long Island grocery store fish contains toxic levels of mercury
High levels of mercury found in Long Island Supermarket swordfish and tuna: Mothers and children should not eat mercury-contaminated fish Long Island, NY- An
Commentary by Buffy Martin Tarbox GotMercury.org Campaign Coordinator September 16, 2010 –Being an avid reader, I can spot a fish story from miles away.
Good Housekeeping magazine asks the question in their September 2010 edition: “Is your tuna toxic?” and suggests to simply not eat canned tuna due
GotMercury.org’s Operation Safe Seafood finds hazardous levels of mercury in supermarket fish throughout the Des Moines-Ames Corridor, Iowa
High levels of mercury found in supermarket swordfish and tuna in Iowa Ames, IA- An investigation led by a concerned citizen of Iowa found
GotMercury.org calculator cited as a resource for fish eaters in new scientific report about mercury levels in New York City Asian seafood markets
A new scientific study published in the Environmental Research Journal measured mercury levels in seafood from retail fish markets in Chinese neighborhoods in New
New data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey show 88% of Canadians have detectable mercury levels in their blood
New data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) show 88% of Canadians had detectable concentrations of mercury in their blood. The CHMS analyzed
GotMercury.org is seeking volunteers to help expose toxic mercury in seafood Are you worried about the dangers of mercury lurking in your grocery store
GotMercury.org urges Congress to take mercury off the table of women and children and support the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act
A groundbreaking amendment to the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act (H.R. 5504) will greatly reduce the risk of women and children being exposed
House bill passes Committee with an amendment sponsored by Congressman Kucinich that would reduce the consumption of high mercury fish by women and children
The House Education and Labor Committee passed a bill today that included an amendment sponsored by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) that will reduce the
The Cove enviro-thriller is mobilizing people around the world to call for the end to the slaughter of 23,000 dolphins every year in a
GotMercury.org and Mercury Policy Project file comments with the USDA to improve food safety by helping to reduce the risk of mercury exposure through the consumption of fish
GotMercury.org and Mercury Policy Project filed comments today on the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to improve food safety by helping to
Duke University study finds that mercury in saltwater fish could be more dangerous than freshwater fish
A new study by Duke University suggests that humans need to be more wary of saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and sharks than of
Click here to purchase your copy of the book “Diagnosis Mercury” by San Francisco physician Dr. Jane Hightower today – and benefit the Sea
GotMercury.org Campaign Coordinator Buffy Martin Tarbox was interviewed by Ryan Foran of the health and nutrition blog Living The Run about the important facts
New study finds reducing mercury exposure nationwide could save money by preventing heart disease and lower IQs
A research team from the Harvard School of Public Health estimates that a 10 percent reduction of mercury exposure in the United States population
A new report released today by the Ocean Alliance found that sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth’s oceans have
A health, fitness and nutrition blog called Living on the Run interviewed San Francisco newscaster Sue Kwon about her experiment eating tuna every day
A new survey released by the California State Water Resources Control Board found high levels of mercury in fish in 272 lakes and reservoirs.
KNTV-San Francisco Bay Area reports on GotMercury.org’s findings of high mercury levels in supermarket swordfish and tuna
KNTV- San Francisco Bay Area reported on the GotMercury.org undercover investigation of grocery store fish counters. The investigation tested 24 samples of swordfish and
Chicago Tribune writer Monica Eng featured GotMercury.org in her article on the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. She writes: “Looking for the perfect, inexpensive, last minute
GotMercury.org’s undercover investigation of mercury-laden sushi and fish being sold at Los Angeles area restaurants and seafood counters was highlighted in the Los Angeles
GotMercury.org featured on NBCLA investigating mercury levels of fish from Los Angeles area seafood counters
GotMercury recently conducted an undercover investigation of swordfish, tuna and salmon from seafood counters in the Los Angeles Basin. The testing project was featured on NBCLA. Got
GotMercury.org finds hazardous levels of mercury in popular Los Angeles sushi restaurants and seafood counters
Los Angeles, CA-An undercover investigation led by public health advocates and television reporters found alarmingly high levels of mercury at popular sushi restaurants and
An undercover investigation of fish from eight Los Angeles area seafood counters and ten sushi restaurants revealed alarming levels of mercury. Twenty three samples
GotMercury’s undercover investigation that exposed harmful levels of mercury in seafood from California restaurants and sushi bars that was filmed in collaboration with NBC
Got Mercury recently conducted an undercover investigation of tuna sushi in the Los Angeles Basin. The testing project was featured on NBCLA. Got Mercury campaigner
GotMercury featured on CBS TV – Consumer Watch- San Francisco GotMercury and its mercury in fish calculator were featured in a KPIX San
The mercury calculator on GotMercury.org’s website was highlighted in the March 2010 edition of national magazine Good Housekeeping as one of four ways to
GotMercury.org releases report on undercover investigation of mercury in San Francisco Bay Area supermarket fish
An undercover investigation of grocery store fish counters led by GotMercury.org detected hazardous levels of mercury in fresh and frozen fish from 13 San
More than 2,000 people who suffer from a rare neurological disorder called Minamata disease agreed to accept a settlement proposal and abandon their lawsuits
TUNA SURPRISE: NEW STUDY FINDS THAT OVER ONE THIRD OF MERCURY EXPOSURE IS FROM TUNA San Francisco, CA – A new study ranking exposure
Time Magazine lists tuna as one of the top ten most dangerous foods due to mercury levels. To read the article click here All
California State Legislators have come out in opposition to any weakening of mercury-in-fish advisories by the FDA. The FDA recently released a draft report
Undercover San Francisco Bay Area fish testing finds high mercury levels in supermarket swordfish and tuna
San Francisco, CA – An undercover investigation of grocery store fish counters led by the non-profit public health project GotMercury.org detected hazardous levels of
Got Mercury calculator is based on EPA/FDA action levels for commercial fish Got Mercury and its calculator, which is based on EPA/FDA action levels
Mercury in Fish Awareness During Lent February 17, 2010 marks the beginning of Lent, a religious tradition for many people of Christian faith. During
More than half of canned tuna samples from a local grocery store failed to meet the strict Environmental Protection Agency safety level for mercury
Environmental Health News reported today that: “People who ate enough contaminated fish to raise methylmercury levels in their bodies to levels still considered “safe”
GotMercury.org and Participant Media provide online tool for seafood eaters to check mercury exposure The new The Cove – GotMercury online mercury-in-seafood calculator is
Mercury in Tuna – A Hidden Health Hazard for Women and Children Holiday food drives are in full swing and canned tuna is a
Matt Chumchal, associate professor of biology at Texas Christian University discussed in lecture the potential causes and consequences of Mercury contamination. Click here to
Taiji, a small town in Japan, has taken hair samples from local residents to determine their mercury levels from consuming dolphin meat. Taiji was
A new study highlights the link from mercury in seafood to heart disease. View full article here. All Rights Reserved for calculator and contents
Got Mercury was recently featured on the marine issues forum and blog Reef Tank. Click here to read about Got Mercury’s latest work. All
The Environmental News Service is reporting that a new analysis of a nationwide study of mercury levels in Americans found that one-third of women’s
Arbitrator Rules in Favor of Jeremy Piven in ‘Speed-the-Plow’ Dispute By Dave Itzkoff Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Jeremy Piven, right, with Raúl Esparza
A new study adds to the extensive evidence that mercury is prevalent in waterways and fish across America due to mercury emissions from coal-fired
Mercury levels in the Pacific Ocean will rise by 50 percent within the next few decades as emissions from coal-fired power plants and other
GotMercury submitted comments on a draft report recently released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the risk and benefits of mercury-in-seafood. There
Texas fish sellers would have to warn pregnant women about the risks of eating some kinds of mercury laden fish under a proposal given
A New Jersey woman can sue a tuna fish producer over the mercury poisoning she allegedly suffered from eating the company’s canned albacore tuna,
A new study has been released that suggests mercury levels are on the rise in the Pacific ocean. This could mean more methylmercury –
Yesterday, the First District Court of Appeals announced their decision to allow a lower court decision to stand that block the requirement for a
Yesterday, the First District Court of Appeals announced their decision to allow a lower court decision to stand that block the requirement for a mercury warning on canned tuna.
Author of Diagnosis Mercury: Money Politics and Poison discusses why we should be very concerned about how we choose the fish we eat and
KTLA in Los Angeles recently conducted tests on seafood products being sold in grocery stores and restaurants with some alarming results. In one case,
CBS5 reporter Sue Kwon conducted her own mercury experiment by eating a can of tuna for 20 days straight. See the concerning results of
GotMercury has joined the worldwide call for the elimination of mercury emissions and for the labeling of seafood contaminated with toxic methlymercury. Program Director
Whether mothers and children will be warned about the harm from mercury in canned tuna will be decided not based on threats to health
Today the First District Court of Appeal will be asked to reverse a pro-industry ruling that blocked warning labels on mercury-laden albacore and other
The author of Diagnosis Mercury explains why making informed choices about the fish you eat could make the difference between health and mercury illness
Leaked FDA documents reveal last-ditch effort to put tuna and swordfish profits first Mothers and children would be encouraged to eat unsafe levels of
Mothers and children could be encouraged to eat unsafe levels of mercury-laden tuna and swordfish and never warned about high levels in mercury in
“This is a cruel, desperate attempt by the Bushies to enrich big-business friends, in this case ‘Big Tuna’ by ignoring science at the public’s expense,” said Teri Shore of the GotMercury.org,
Variety Magazine has reported that Jeremy Piven will abruptly end his run in Broadway’s “Speed-the-Plow,” after missing Tuesday evening’s performance and a Wednesday matinee
Following reports of Broadway Actor Jeremy Priven’s mercury poisioning from eating too much sushi, NBC science correspondent Robert Bazell covered the story for the
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 Today, the Mercury Policy Project released an expanded case study based on reports of doctors diagnosing patients with mercury toxicity. The
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that it is considering banning the imports of foreign swordfish until exporting countries can provide
Leaked FDA documents reveal last-ditch effort to put tuna and swordfish profits first Mothers and children would be encouraged to eat unsafe levels of
The Japan Times reported that people now in their 50s who were exposed to mercury poisoning pre-natally have suffered health problems all their lives.
Nationwide, one of every ten women—nearly 7 million women—exceeded the mercury concentration that may pose a risk to fetuses Research from former EPA scientist
Forest Knolls, CA – Today Gotmercury.org made live a mobile phone version of its online mercury-in-seafood calculator that estimates mercury exposure from eating seafood:
Forest Knolls, CA – Today Gotmercury.org made live a mobile phone version of its online mercury-in-seafood calculator that estimates mercury exposure from eating seafood:
The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 (S.906), a bipartisan bill introduced in March 2007, will ban the export of mercury from the United
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Jane Hightower — widely acknowledged as the first US physician to recognize low-level mercury poisoning in patients
Consumer Lawsuit Victory A Boon For Influencing California’s Canned Tuna Appeal In 2005, the California Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Tri-Union Seafoods, also
The state of Connecticut has joined forces with a food trade organization to inform people about mercury levels and seafood choices. The Department of
FDA Shields Notification Responsibilities Mother Jones magazine reports why that finger numbing fish your families are consuming remains legal in their September 2008 article
California Approves Resolution AJR57 Urging the Federal Food and Drug Administration to Provide Consumer Warning
State Legislators take action to reduce preventable exposure to methylmercury in seafood Assembly Joint Resolution 57 (AJR57) introduced in April by Assemblyman Jared Huffman
The Seafood Industry has waged a legal battle against Prop 65 labeling advisories to alert consumers about potentially harmful Mercury in Seafood, citing Mercury
Assembly Resolution AJR57 was introduced on April 17, 2008, and will be voted on during this years legislative session. We urge you to view
Today Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 57 urging the federal Food and Drug Administration to take responsibility for and, actions
Today, GotMercury.Org released a report revealing continued failure by restaurants and supermarkets to post adequate consumer advisories about potentially unsafe levels of mercury in
Canada Bans Mercury-Laden Fish from Store Shelves: US FDA Urged to Take Similar Action Yesterday, Health Canada announced its new policy to protect consumers
Benihana Urged to Post Correct Mercury Advisories FOREST KNOLLS, CA — Benihana Restaurants Inc., which includes RA Sushi and Haru Sushi restaurants, began posting
GotMercury.Org Supporters Ask for Low-Mercury Canned Fish Alternatives for Mothers FOREST KNOLLS, CA (October 31, 2006) — Health groups around the country are urging
In partnership with GotMercury.Org, national food service provider protects fish eaters from mercury Contact: For Bon Appétit Management Company: Haven Bourque, Straus Communications, (415)
Chicago, IL – An investigation of tuna served in Chicago sushi restaurants adds to a recent stream of bad news about high levels of
Toxic Tuna Trend in Sushi Means Women and Children Must Avoid Tuna San Diego Sushi Tuna Found High in Mercury Toxic Tuna Trend Means
Pregnant Women, Future Mothers, and Children Should Avoid Tuna Sushi Los Angeles, CA – Undercover investigation of LA’s top sushi restaurants reveals tuna high
FDA Continues to Fail to Protect Women and Children from Mercury-Contaminated Fish by Taking No Action on Actionable Levels Forest Knolls, CA – GotMercury.Org
Mercury in Seafood Experts Not Invited to NOAA-Sponsored Conference The Seafood and Health Conference begins today with a fishing industry-biased agenda that excludes experts
San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance requiring Prop 65 warnings in English, Spanish, and Chinese on
San Francisco, CA – Safeway, the nation’s fifth largest grocery store chain, has just expanded its mercury in seafood health warnings nationwide. Previously, Safeway
San Francisco, CA – This week, in the midst of an assault by the FDA on California’s Proposition 65, Turtle Island Restoration Network announced
Proposed Safeway brochure will not protect customers San Francisco, CA –This week’s announcement in Supermarket News that Safeway will offer a mercury-warning brochure to
Recommendations directly contradict Mercury Advisory San Francisco, CA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its new food pyramid earlier this week, with
Interview with Andy Peri Click and listen to this interview with Andy Peri, campaigner with Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Mercury Awareness Cmpaign, regarding mercury in
Come and join Turtle Island Restoration Network in a series of film screening during Earth Week 2005. Below is a listing of the events:
San Francisco, CA – A new report by the Research Institute of Public Health in Finland shows a significant increase of heart disease in
San Francisco, CA – In another victory for public health, Morton’s Steakhouse of New York has removed swordfish from its menu. Morton’s move marks the second major American restaurant chain to remove swordfish from its menu in just over a year. In the Fall of 2003, Red Lobster removed swordfish from its menu as a result of a national campaign calling for its removal due to high levels of mercury.
Interview highlights Mercury in Seafood and Overfishing On November 24th, Andy Peri, Marine Species Campainer for the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, was interviewed on
Kelly Lyon- Superior, CO I am another victim of mercury poisoning from Seafood. Not from a high-priced swordfish steak, but from my tuna fish
I have a story to tell. One of a baby in my belly, poison in my seafood, and a President who will not act.
San Francisco- Today, coinciding with a new report released by Greenpeace showing elevated levels of mercury in 21% of American women of child-bearing age, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project is making three simple recommendations that could reduce or eliminate serious human health hazards caused by mercury in seafood.
San Francisco, CA – This week, new data was released by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project that shows skyrocketing mercury levels in swordfish purchased at grocery stores in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange, Sonoma and Marin counties. Stores in California and around the country continue to sell mercury-contaminated fish despite continued state and federal warnings that swordfish contains unsafe levels of mercury. Mercury levels in tested fish were measured in excess of 4 parts per million, more than 400% of the FDA’s action level. Environmental groups are calling on grocers and restaurants to stop selling swordfish to the public immediately.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Yesterday, the California Attorney General sued three of the biggest canned tuna companies under Proposition 65, California’s consumer right-to-know law. The lawsuit was filed in the San Francisco Superior Court lawsuit against Tri-Union Seafoods, maker of Chicken of the Sea; Del Monte Foods, maker of Starkist; and Bumble Bee Seafoods, maker of Bumble Bee.
San Francisco, CA– According to its own data, the FDA’s new consumer advisory released today will actually put women and children at serious risk from mercury poisoning. The FDA advisory specifically suggests that it is safe “to eat up to 6 ounces of albacore tuna per week, which, by its own data, is known to contain three times as much mercury on average as chunk light tuna. Environmentalists are calling on the FDA to remove albacore tuna from the list of safe seafood and to require warning signs at seafood counters across the country.
Website Gives Consumers Important Mercury Consumption Information
San Francisco– A California-based nonprofit organization today released an easy-to-use online seafood mercury calculator (http://www.gotmercury.org ) to help consumers make informed choices about their seafood consumption. The calculator allows consumers to calculate what their blood mercury levels would be from eating mercury–contaminated seafood and compare it to values that are considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, a group of 12 environmental and public health organizations submitted a formal Petition to the California Department of Health Services (DHS) urging the state to widely release a public health advisory and to take action to educate Californians about the dangers of consuming mercury-contaminated seafood.
Swordfishing is a Threat to Human Health and Leatherback Sea Turtles
Chanting “it’s not too late to get swordfish off your plate,” about 50 people of all ages dressed in colorful turtle costumes marched through the busy streets of Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco on Saturday, October 25th, 2003.