Advisory: limit consumption of local bass

Published 12:20 am Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Revised information from the state health department shows that all of Covington County’s previous year fish advisories have been revised.

The advisory for the Lightwood Knot Creek was removed from the list, and according to the state’s website, the following charges were recorded at:

• Yellow River, at the County Road 4 bridge, which was expanded to include both largemouth and spotted bass. The advisory is for no more than one meal per month of each.

• Patsaliga Creek, Gantt Reservoir and Pt. A Reservoir, no more than two meals per month of largemouth bass;

• Opp’s Lake Frank Jackson and Florala’s Lake Jackson, no more than one meal per month of largemouth bass.

During testing, it was determined that the bass populations in these waterways were contaminated with mercury.

Women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children (less than 15 years of age) should refrain from consumption of any fish indicated under this advisory. All other individuals should limit their consumption of the particular species to one meal per month

–Stephanie Nelson