Fish consumption advisory determines high levels of mercury

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued a "fishy" advisory.

There are some potential health risks issued on some Alabama rivers and fish. The department is warning the public of consuming fish that have collected too much mercury in their muscle tissues.

The advisory is based on data collected from 36 bodies of water across the state. More than 40 stations were tested to determine if there are contaminants that could be harmful to our bodies.

"It may be fine to eat the smaller fish, such as brim or catfish. But as you go up the food chain… the bigger fish, such as bass, consume the smaller fish and accumulated that contaminant in their tissues,” said Doug Turnbull, Houston County Public Health Environmental Supervisor.

There are a handful of rivers in our area with mercury contaminated fish.

The Chattahoochee River near the Alabama/Florida state line in Houston County, Choctawhatchee River, about 1.5 miles above the Alabama/Florida state lines and approximately three miles downstream of Geneva in Geneva County, and Lake Jackson on the Alabama/Florida state line at Florala in Covington County all have spotted largemouth bass in its bodies of water.



 
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