In May 2015, the Victorian Government commenced a field study into levels of mercury in fish from the Gippsland Lakes. The study aimed to address community concerns about mercury levels in fish, and if appropriate to provide reassurance to the community that fish sourced from the Lakes are safe to eat.

It aimed to provide up-to-date information regarding the mercury concentrations in recreationally (and commercially) important fish species from the region. Results of mercury concentrations in fish were made available to the community in September 2015. They indicated that fish in the Gippsland Lakes continue to have low levels of mercury, and are safe to eat in accordance with nationally set dietary advice about the number of serves of fish and seafood people should eat each week. Food Standards Australia New Zealand provides this information on their website.

The technical report (PDF) detailing the study methodology and its findings and a frequently asked questions document (PDF) are available for download from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 7 December 2017.

Reviewed 14 August 2020