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Frequently Asked Questions: Utah Waterfowl Advisories

Why do we have waterfowl advisories?

In 2005, duck consumption advisories were issued for Common Goldeneye, Cinnamon Teal, and Northern Shoveler ducks from the Great Salt Lake due to mercury contamination. Based on high mercury levels in Common Goldeneye, Cinnamon Teal, and Northern Shoveler ducks, a consumption advisory was issued by the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) stating that Common Goldeneye, Cinnamon Teal, and Northern Shoveler ducks from the Great Salt Lake should not be consumed.

How can I find more information on the health risks of mercury?

Please visit the Health Risks page.

Where can I get more information?

For more information on fish or waterfowl consumption advisories, or to request a copy of the advisories or other materials, call Utah Department of Health at 801-538-6191. For more information on Mercury and other chemicals effects on the Environment and you, visit Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

Where are fish advisories in Utah?

Please visit the Fish Consumption Advisory Web site.

Who is my local Health Department?

Please visit the Utah Health Department Web site to locate your local Health Department.