The group GotMercury.org, out of San Francisco, says, "They are selling food with high levels of mercury - levels the federal government says are too high for children and pregnant women to eat," said Buffy Martin Tarbox, lead author of the research. "And consumers have no idea."
Representatives of the multi-billion-a-year seafood industries argues the claim, stating the group, which is part of an environmental organization called Turtle Island Restoration Network, is trying to throw a wrench in the industry's business.
"They want to cut down on seafood consumption so the sea turtles don't end up as bycatch," said Gavin Gibbons, spokesman for the National Fisheries Institute, the Washington, D.C., seafood trade group. "It's detrimental to public health and it's cloaked as helping the public."