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Fish Eatten From State Waterways Pose Potential Health Risks

Last updated on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

(UNDATED) - Those eating fish caught in state waterways may not be aware of potential health risks.

Some of the fish can contain harmful toxins in the fatty tissues, such as mercury, PCBs, and pesticides.

Some anglers may not know about the risks because they do not have fishing license or have not checked the warnings issued by the state. State officials fear people who are fishing out of economic necessity might not be spending the $17 for a license and are therefore unaware of the health risks. The warnings are in a 6-page pamphlet containing basic information and a link to the full report on-line.

An on-line advisory for the East Fork of White River, and several local creeks, warns anglers to limit meals of buffalo, carp, carp sucker, flathead catfish, golden red horse and smallmouth bass to one meal per week for the general population. Women and children should not eat more than one meal per month.

Anglers are warned not to eat any fish caught in Clear Creek in Monroe County and Pleasant Run Creek and Salt Creek in Lawrence County, because toxin levels are extremely high. Official advise not to eat any carp caught in those rivers or streams.

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