Pennsylvania Updates Fish Advisories Due to Lack of Health Tests

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 31 (UPI) — Pennsylvania officials announced an advisory designed to protect against eating large amounts of fish from waters not tested, or of certain species.

All of Pennsylvania remains under a blanket advisory that recommends limiting consumption of any recreationally-caught fish to one meal per week. The advisories do not apply to fish raised for commercial purposes or bought in stores or restaurants.


New advisories have been added for 2010 limiting consumption of Largemouth Bass in Lake Canadohta to two meals per month and consumption of Largemouth Bass in Lake Jean to one meal per month as a result of elevated levels of mercury in the water.

A do-not-eat advisory has been issued for Channel Catfish in the Mahoning River due to PCB contamination.

Consumption advisories have been eased but not lifted for:

– French Creek for Smallmouth Bass as a result of mercury contamination.

– Lake Erie for Walleye as a result of PCB contamination.

– Schuylkill River from the confluence of Mill Creek at Port Carbon to the Auburn Dam for Trout as a result of PCB contamination.

Consumption advisories have been lifted for parts of Jacks Creek, Chartiers Creek, Monongahela River from Pool 4 between the Maxwell Lock and Dam and Lock and Dam 4 and Sinnemahoning Creek.

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