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A Toxics-Free Future

Heavy metals in fish products

In order to understand the contamination from heavy metals in Moldovan fish (imported and domestic) ECOTOX analyzed fish bought in local markets and fish farms, identified the supply chain of imported fish, summarized data from previous sampling projects, organized a round table with local fish farmers, and disseminated information found from their work through TV media. These efforts produced a wealth of data on the levels of heavy metals found in many species of fish. Organizers also found that a great deal of imported fish is unregistered and imported illegally from Ukraine, results that raise important questions about the government entities responsible for this control. ECOTOX highly recommends that a series of trainings be held with these stakeholders to build capacity around sound fisheries management.

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