Putting Mercury on the Map

By Maroon & White | spring 2014

Working as part of a university-government partnership, with funds from Environment Canada and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Saint Mary’s Environmental Scientist Dr. Linda Campbell collaborated to produce the first map of mercury concentrations in fish across Canada. The value of a national map, according to Dr. Campbell, is that it demonstrates the variations in mercury concentrations in a very clear way; illustrates the heightened risk for the Atlantic provinces, our sport fish, and fish-eating birds like the common loon; and has great potential for use by wildlife protection groups, provincial governments, and Environment Canada.

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