BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public health officials are urging caution after lake trout caught from Payette Lake tested high for levels of mercury.
The Idaho Division of Public Health issued an advisory Wednesday urging Idahoans to limit monthly consumption of lake trout caught from the lake near McCall.
Officials say tests found levels of mercury similar to amounts found in commercial albacore tuna, which also carries warnings for limited consumption.
Mercury poses a risk to developing fetuses and children, specifically reducing a child's ability to learn. Health officials recommend that children under 15 and pregnant women limit eating lake trout from Payette Lake to two meals per month.
Previous testing also showed mercury levels in lake trout from Payette Lake. But no advisory was issued because taking the fish was illegal.