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Pollution of our oceans adds to industry’s woes

Regarding the June 10 editorial “Fishing limits may be inexact, but reflect a real problem”: One can only feel sad at the way population growth and the subsequent strain on our resources have threatened the livelihood of New England’s fishermen and the future of our decimated cod stocks.

Another problem worth mentioning threatens our once-bountiful seafood supply. The pollution of our oceans with toxins such as mercury, through industrial processes such as coal-burning, mining, and metal processing, has caused the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and various state and local agencies to recommend limiting our intake of certain types of fish, mainly larger species.

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Limiting pollution is also key to protecting our fishing stocks and the livelihood of fishermen.

Anne Mackin

Jamaica Plain

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