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Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say

Researchers suggest those who regularly eat small-mouth bass from Lake Erie limit consumption to no more than a couple of fish a month.

Researchers suggest those who regularly eat small-mouth bass from Lake Erie limit consumption to no more than a couple of fish a month.

BUFFALO, NY —”Flame-retardant chemicals could show up in greater concentrations in Lake Erie’s small-mouth bass, and scientists say an invasive species could be to blame.

Researchers at the State University of New York-Buffalo found that concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are likely to increase by nearly 50 percent in Erie’s small-mouth bass, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Environmental Pollution.

That’s not good because a lot of people catch and eat fish from Lake Erie.

The researchers found that small-mouth bass are eating more round gobies, small, invasive fish that have overrun Lake Erie in recent years. Gobies eat zebra mussels, another invasive species that filter water through their bodies.”

— Laura Arenschield, Columbus Dispatch

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