WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and TVA, have rleased the 2018 Alabama Fish Consumption Advisories. The advisories give an annual detailed report and recommendations on how much of certain species of fish caught in Alabama's rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs, to eat.
"Unfortunately, certain toxic chemicals have been found in some lakes and rivers in Alabama. Some of these chemicals accumulate in fish. With some of the chemicals, higher levels of the contaminants can be found in older and/or loarger fish. When chemical concentrations are elevated in fish, they can pose health risks to people who eat them," the ADPH advises.
The recommendation of a fish consumption advisory does not necessarily mean that the waters under advisory are unsafe for recreation. Fish bioaccumulate contaminants in their tissues to concentrations that are sometimes hundreds to thousands times greater than the concentration of the contaminant in the waters they inhabit. Activities such as swimming, boating or catch-and-release fishing in waters that have fish consumption advisories are considered to be safe, the ADPH further reassures.
Those most susceptible to receiving a health risk from eating fish with toxic levels of chemicals are: babies and children under 14, women who are nursing, pregnant women and women who plan to become pregnant.
The following advisories have been placed on certain species of fish in bodies of water within Winston and Marion counties:
Rock Creek, Lewis Smith Reservoir, in the vicinity of Little Crooked Creek and Rock Creek Marina, approximately five miles upstream from Sipsey Fork: Channel catfish, two meals a month; largemouth bass, two meals a month. Contaminant: mercury.
Smith Reservoir. Mouth of Clear Creek, Sipsey Fork in the vicinity of Clear Creek and Butler Creeks, approximately 2.3 miles upstream from Duncan Bridge: channel catfish, two meals a month; largemouth and spotted bass, one meal per month. Contaminant: mercury.
Upper Bear Creek Reservoir: Dam forebay area, Upper Bear Creek at mile 115: channel catfish, one meal per month; largemouth bass - do not eat. Contaminant: mercury.
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