Calling All Anglers – Fish Samples Needed for Watershed Mercury Study
Artwork by Madison Elementary 5th grade Trout In the Classroom 2014

Artwork by Madison Elementary 5th grade Trout In the Classroom 2014

 

What types of fish? All legal types and sizes of fish are needed with a lean toward the types of fish that most people are eating. Submit the whole fish or just a ¼ inch sample if you want to eat the rest but call for instructions if just taking a sample.

When? Through fall 2015. A lot of samples are needed to gain a more accurate picture of the health of the watershed.

Why? There is a lack of current mercury data for fish in this area and consumption recommendations are very dated. Help us conduct research from your favorite fishing spots around the watershed to help update this information!

How? It is simple. When you catch a fish, fill in the label (click here) with town, water body, date, type of fish, weight and length then wrap and freeze until pick up. Don’t forget to include your contact info if you would like the results.

Where to collect from? Anywhere that you fish in the Ossipee Watershed which includes Effingham, Freedom, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tamworth, Madison and Eaton.

Who? Contact Green Mountain Conservation Group at 603-539-1859 or info@gmcg.org for fish labels and more info on how you can help with this important research!

Where do your samples go? Samples are analyzed by Dr. Robert Newton and his students who are also studying soil and water for mercury levels at Smith College.