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Dartmouth's Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Research Collaborative (CMERC) (2012)
"In 2010, the Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program at Dartmouth College brought together a group of 50 scientists and policy stakeholders to form C-MERC, the Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative.This report published in November 2012 "...provides and overview of the major policy challenges and opportunities related to mercury in coastal and marine environments, and highlights science and policy linkages of the past several decades."  Integrating mercury science and policy in the marine context: Challenges and opportunities, K.F. Lambert et al, Environmental Research, Volumne 119, November 2012, Pages 132–142.

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on the Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption (2010)

This report released in January 2010 was the result of the task group's effort "to review data on levels of nutrients (long-chain omega-3 fatty acids) and specific chemical contaminants (methylmercury and dioxins) in a range of fish species and to compare the health benefits of fish consumption and nutrient intake with the health risks associated with contaminants present in fish."

Madison Declaration on Mercury Pollution
This important document summarizes expert opinions on mercury in the environment from sessions held at the Eighth International Conference on Mercury in the Environment held August 6-11, 2006 in Madison, WI. 

Meeting Report: Methylmercury in Marine Ecosystems-From Sources to Seafood Consumers
This paper is a result of a National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences-Superfund Basic Research Program workshop held in New Hampshire November 2006. The workshop focused on the biogeochemical cycling of mercury in marine environments, the trophic transfer and bioaccumulation of mercury in the food web, and human exposure to mercury from marine fish and shellfish consumption. Recommended areas of further research are suggested.

Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks (2007)
This book explores in detail the decision-making process associated with seafood consumption and makes recommendations related to further research needs. It was authored by the Committee on Nutrient Relationships in Seafood: Selections to Balance Benefits and Risks, Malden C. Nesheim and Ann L. Yaktine, Editors; Washington DC: National Academy Press. 

Toxicological Effects of Methylmercury, National Research Council (2000) 
This book contains the most recent summary of the status of knowledge of toxicology of methylmercury conducted by the National Research Council, a federal government advisory group from the National Academy of Sciences.  Washington, DC: National Academy Press.