No new fish consumption advisory sites in county

Published 2:12 am Saturday, October 9, 2010

There were no new Covington County locations added to the state health department’s list of fish consumption advisory sites released Thursday.

Last year, three local areas— the Gantt reservoir, Pt. A reservoir and Patsaliga Creek – were added to the list. During testing, it was determined that the largemouth bass populations in the county’s waterways were contaminated with mercury.

Also, advisories from previous years are still active and include bass caught from: Opp’s Frank Jackson Lake and Lightwood Knot Creek, Florala’s Lake Jackson and a portion of the Yellow River at the County Road 4 bridge crossing, 1.5 miles upstream of the Alabama-Florida state line.

For the locally affected waterways, consumption of largemouth bass is limited to one meal per month. Additionally, spotted bass caught in the area of the County Road 4 bridge on the Yellow River is also affected.

Each year, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). ADEM collected samples of specific fish species from various bodies of water throughout the state during the fall of 2008. ADPH assessed the analytical results to determine whether any of the tested contaminants in the fish could give rise to potential human health effects.

For a complete list of consumption advisories, including the new advisories issued for North Alabama, see ADPH’s Web site at