Awful Fishy

For Broward's canal fisherman, potentially toxic levels of mercury are a part of the catch of the day

Before supper the following night, the fillets appear clean and white, and Keys follows his mother's recipe, frying them in hot oil. The cooking smell fills the small kitchen, and the children seem pleased. "Look there, look there," Keys says, nodding at one of the boys. "This is what you caught."

But there is some concern. Two of his children have decided to taste the fish only, not to make a meal of them.

One of Keys' daughters, Erica, says she doesn't know exactly what mercury can do to a person, but once warned that it's bad, she doesn't want to find out. "No way," she mutters, faced with a helping of canal fish. Keys laughs.

Arthur Keys likes to fish Broward County's canals and lakes when time permits, and he ferries his children out of the city to fish on weekends
Derek Hess
Arthur Keys likes to fish Broward County's canals and lakes when time permits, and he ferries his children out of the city to fish on weekends
Arthur Keys likes to fish Broward County's canals and lakes when time permits, and he ferries his children out of the city to fish on weekends
Preston
Arthur Keys likes to fish Broward County's canals and lakes when time permits, and he ferries his children out of the city to fish on weekends

"You know, it's just hard for me to believe that they don't warn you," he remarks. "I mean, it looks OK and it smells good and it tastes good, you know?"

Contact Roger Williams at his e-mail address:
roger.williams@newtimesbpb.com

Related Links

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Department of Health
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Division of Freshwater Fisheries
Southwest Florida Water Management District
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Geological Survey
Florida Farm Bureau

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