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Unit 4 Advisories - 2017

John T. Myers Locks and Dam to the Mississippi River

Major Cities: KY (Paducah), IL (Shawneetown, Cave-In-Rock, Metropolis, Cairo)


For all fish not listed below please observe the 1 meal per week advisory due to mercury and other concerns

Common Carp Channel Catfish Flathead Catfish

Common Carp
(Cyprinus carpio)
Greater than or equal to 22 inches
1 meal per month - PCBs

Channel Catfish
(Ictalurus punctatus)
Greater than or equal to 18 inches
1 meal per month - PCBs

Flathead Catfish
(Pylodictis olivaris)

All Sizes
1 meal per month - PCBs & Hg
     
     
Striped Bass White Bass Hybrid Striped bass
Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
All sizes
1 meal per month - PCBs & Hg
White Bass
(Morone chrysops)
All sizes
1 meal per month - Hg
Hybrid Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis x chrysops)
All sizes
1 meal per month - PCBs & Hg
     
     
Freshwater Drum Bass Bluecat
Freshwater Drum
(Aplodinotus grunniens)
Greater than or equal to 14 inches
1 meal per month - Hg

Black Bass
(Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass)
All sizes
1 meal per month - Hg

Blue Catfish
(Ictalurus furcatus)
Greater than or equal to 20 inches
1 meal per month - PCBs
     
     
Sauger    
Sauger
(Sander canadensis)
All sizes
1 meal per month - Hg

 

 

Other Unit Advisories
Unit 1 - Pittsburgh, PA to Montgomery Locks and Dam
Unit 2 - Mongomery Locks and Dam to Belleville Locks and Dam
Unit 3 - Belleville Locks and Dam to John T. Myers Locks and Dam

Please note
We are not recommending that you stop eating sport caught fish, except where “Do Not Eat” is shown in the advisory listing. When properly prepared, eating fish regularly offers important health benefits as a good choice to replace high fat foods. You will gain those benefits if you follow the sport fish consumption advisory carefully to: choose safer places to fish; pick safer species to eat; trim and cook your catch correctly; and follow the recommended meal frequencies. Using this advice, you will reduce your exposure to possible contaminants.

People who regularly eat sport fish, women of childbearing age, and children are particularly susceptible to contaminants that build up over time. If you fall into one of these categories, you should be especially careful to space fish meals out according to the advisory tables that follow. Your body can get rid of some contaminants over time. Spacing the meals out helps prevent the contaminants from building up to harmful levels in the body. For example, if the fish you eat is in the “One Meal a Month Group”, wait a month before eating another meal of fish from any restricted category.

Women beyond their childbearing years and men generally face fewer health risks from these contaminants. However, it is recommended that you also follow the advisory to reduce your total exposure to contaminants. For these groups, it is the total number of meals that you eat during the year that becomes important and many of those meals can be eaten during a few months of the year. If most of the fish you eat are from the “One Meal a Month” category, you should not exceed 12 meals per year.

Other Concerns
Sometimes, anglers catch fish with external growths, sores, or other lesions. Such abnormalities generally result from viral or bacterial infections and may occasionally be caused by exposure to certain chemical contaminants. The appearance of viral or bacterial infections in fish may be unsightly, but there is no evidence to suggest that these infections pose a threat to consumers of these fish. Whether or not to eat such fish is a matter of personal choice.

 

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