Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Advisories as Commonplace:

We are so used to seeing these sporting fish advisories (see below), limits on what fish and how many can be eaten because of toxins and other contaminants, that we barely notice them. 

But these are compromises that we make to our environment.  The thing we need to remember is that this facility in our minds that pollution can be commonplace is a convenient illusion that has nothing to do with the way Nature works.  Nature doesn’t simply obey the laws of physics; Nature is the laws of physics. 

The pollution in our fish means manmade chemicals are now a part of our wildlife and we really don’t have any idea of what are safe levels of toxins for our own health if we eat them, or what it means for our environment as a whole.  So, we put out fish advisories and some heed them and some don’t  And mostly, we ignore the danger and the warnings about the implications for our health and our environment health these advisories represent because it’s so commonplace for us to do so.  We are continually fooling ourselves about our environment.  

State Health Department Issues Annual Fish Advisories New Advice Applies to Onondaga Lake and Other Lakes and Ponds ALBANY, N.Y. (May 28, 2010) - The New York State Health Department (DOH) today released 2010-2011 health advisories as part of its annual guide for chemicals in sportfish and game. New York State has issued fish advisories to protect public health for nearly 40 years and has one of the most comprehensive fish advisory programs in the nation. This year's release contains revised advisories for levels of mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxin and chlordane found in some fish from two ponds and four lakes in Upstate New York and Long Island including: Rollins Pond in Franklin County and Upper Twin Pond in Nassau County, Canadice Lake in Ontario County, Cranberry Lake in St. Lawrence County, Indian Lake in Hamilton County, and Onondaga Lake in Onondaga County. The advisories for the other state waters have not changed from last year. (May 27, 2010) New York State Department of Health [more on Wildlife in our area]

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