How is mercury getting into fish from the Finger Lakes?

Mercury is a pollutant worldwide, and the Finger Lakes is not immune. How much mercury is in fish from area lakes, and how does it get there?

On March 6, an expert will share what is know from the Finger Lakes Mercury Project. Launched in 2015, the big research project involves the Finger Lakes Institute in collaboration with Finger Lakes Community College. The purpose is to assess the extent of mercury contamination in the Finger Lakes — specifically contamination that can begin with the tiniest creatures in the lake and then end up on your dinner plate.

The guest speaker will be Roxanne Razavi, an assistant professor in SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Razavi will explain how mercury gets into fish from your favorite water body. She will reveal the latest findings about mercury contamination in the lakes, showing the step-by-step process of how the pollutant can end up in our food.

The presentation — called “Finger Lakes Mercury Project, Focus on Canandaigua Lake,” will be held at Finger Lakes Community College. It will be free and open to the public. With the focus on Canandaigua Lake, Razavi will take the audience through the path mercury takes as it infiltrates flora and fauna on the bottom of the lake, on to organisms floating in the water and into the larger zooplankton that consists of small animals and the immature stages of larger animals.

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