Fish consumption warnings posted 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

Stricter fish consumption advisories have been posted in two Northwest Ohio locations.

The state has developed the fish consumption advisory updates for the 2010 fishing season based on detection levels found in samples taken in 28 waterways in the 2008 fishing season.

A statewide advisory remains in effect for one fish meal per week for all fish not otherwise specified due to mercury still found in fish tissue samples. Mercury poses the greatest risk for women of child-bearing age, pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 15. Fish contaminated with high levels of mercury have been shown to cause neurological damage and impaired development of young children.

Tighter limitations are recommended for safely consuming your catch in the following water bodies:

• Lake Erie—One meal every two months is advised due to PCBs for channel catfish, common carp 27” and over and lake trout. One meal per month is advised due to PCBs for Chinook salmon 19” and over, coho salmon, common carp under 27”, freshwater drum, smallmouth bass, steelhead trout, white bass, whitefish and  white perch, and due to PCB and mercury in rock bass, and mercury in brown bullhead and largemouth bass.

• Maumee River—One meal per month is advised from the Indiana state line to Waterville due to PCBs for freshwater drum and smallmouth bass, mercury and PCBs for smallmouth buffalo and mercury for common carp and flathead catfish.  One meal every two months is advised from Waterville to Lake Erie due to PCBs in channel catfish. One meal per month is advised due to PCBs in freshwater drum and smallmouth bass, mercury and PCBs in smallmouth buffalo and mercury in common carp and flathead catfish.

In addition to these updates, all Ohio fish advisories can be found on Ohio EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/fishadvisory/index.aspx or by calling 800/755-4769.

More detailed information about fish consumption can be found at Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Centers, local health departments, Ohio Department of Natural Resources district offices and Ohio EPA offices.

For the latest advisory, Ohio EPA and ODNR evaluated 469 samples. The information helps Ohio’s fishing community make informed decisions about consuming their catch. To learn more about fishing and shellfish purchased outside Ohio, visit the federal government Web site: www.cfsan.fda.gov/~frf/sea-mehg.html.

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