DHEC Releases Safe Fish Eating Advisory

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- In time for those fishing over the July 4th Holiday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has updated its fish consumption advisory, notifying the public what fish are safe to eat or avoid.

The information is available on DHEC's website. The site has an interactive map allowing fishermen to click the location where they'll be fishing.

Each advisory is based on one meal (8 ounces) of uncooked fish. An advisory only deals with fish consumption in the area and does not mean the water is unsafe for watersports or water consumption.

David Wilson, DHEC's Chief of Bureau of Water, says the most significant change to the advisory is related to Polychlorinated Biphenyl, or PCBs. The industrial compound was banned from production in the 1970s and can impact neurological development in children, cause cancer and impact the reproductive system.

Wilson says "People can still safely eat fish taken from the state's waters if they follow the fish consumption advisory guidelines."

DHEC's suggestions around the Midlands include:

Edisto River (entire river to Willtown Bluff) - Do not eat: Bowfin (Mudfish), Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Chain Pickerel, Flathead Catfish. Eat only one meal per week of Black Crappie, Bluegill, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Sunfish. Eat only one meal per month of Blue Catfish.

Congaree River: One meal per week of Bowfin (Mudfish), Largemouth Bass

Broad River: No advisories

Lake Marion: One meal per week of Bowfin (Mudfish), Largemouth Bass

Lake Murray: No Advisories

Later Wateree: One meal per week of Black Crappie. One meal per month of Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass

Saluda River (From Lake Greenwood Dam to Congaree River) - One meal per week of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill. One meal per month of Bowfin (Mudfish)


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