China: Concern over heavy metals in fish

More than 40 per cent of fish species in East China's Jiangsu Province were found to be contaminated with heavy metals, according to a survey released by Jiangsu Environment Monitoring Centre (JEMC) this week.

The investigation covered the province's major four freshwater lakes and offshore areas, reported the Nanjing-based Contemporary Post. Cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium and zinc were the five kinds of heavy metals found in 41 per cent of species in the sample survey.

According to China Daily, Jiangsu is one of the major fishery production provinces in the country, which has 600,000 hectares of freshwater fishery areas and 240,000 hectares of offshore fishery.

(Photo from the Wal-Mart fish market in Shandong, China, found here!)


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