Fishing advisories issued for local bodies of water

Published 12:24 pm Monday, July 10, 2017

Seven area bodies of water have fish consumption advisories, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The consumption advisories are issued from data collected by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and were released Monday morning.

Locally, the following advisories have been issued:

  • Frank Jackson Reservoir, at the dam forebay: do not eat any largemouth bass because of the presence of mercury.
  • Gantt Reservoir, lake wide sample: No restriction on channel catfish; limit intake of largemouth bass to two meals per month due to mercury.
  • Lake Jackson, Florala, do not eat any largemouth bass due to mercury.
  • Patsaliga Creek, embayment: Limit consumption of largemouth bass to two meals per month due to mercury.
  • Point A Reservoir, at the lower reservoir and dam forebay: Limit channel catfish to two meals per month due to mercury; do not eat largemouth bass due to mercury.
  • Sepulga River, in the vicinity of Brooklyn: All species of fish, do not eat;
  • Yellow River, at County Road 4 bridge: Largemouth bass, do not eat because of mercury; spotted bass, do not eat because of mercury; and spotted sucker, limit two meals per month, due to mercury.

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ADEM, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) collected samples of specific fish species for analysis from various waterbodies throughout the state during the fall of 2016 (641 samples; 48 collection stations). ADPH assessed the analytical results to determine whether any of the tested contaminants in the fish may give rise to potential human health effects.

Fish consumption advisories are issued for specific waterbodies and specific species taken from those areas. In reservoirs, advisories apply to waters as far as a boat can be taken upstream in a tributary, that is, to full pool elevations.

Newly issued advisories will be represented as the safe number of meals of that species of fish that can be eaten in a given period of time, such as meals per week, meals per month or do not eat any. A meal portion consists of 6 ounces of cooked fish or 8 ounces of raw fish.

The advice contained in this release and complete listings of the posted fish consumption advisories are offered as guidance to individuals who wish to eat fish they catch from various waterbodies throughout the state. No regulations ban the consumption of any of the fish caught within the state, nor is there a risk of an acute toxic episode that could result from consuming any of the fish containing the contaminants for which the state has conducted analyses.

A fish consumption advisory can be issued for one or more specific species of fish within a waterbody or an advisory can be extended to include all fish species within that waterbody. When excess levels of a contaminant are found in a specific species of fish, an advisory is issued for that specific species. For example, if an advisory had been issued for largemouth bass and not for channel catfish, it would be advised that individuals should not eat largemouth bass, but consumption of channel catfish is permissible without endangering health.

When excess levels of a contaminant are found in multiple fish species sampled from a specific waterbody, a Do Not Eat Any advisory is issued. Consumption of any fish from a specific waterbody under a Do Not Eat Any advisory may place the consumer at risk for harm from the contaminant.

If a species is listed in the advisory, it is prudent to assume that similar species with similar feeding habits should be consumed with caution. For example, if black crappie is listed and white crappie is not, because they are in the same family, all crappie would fall under the listed advisory.