COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued new guidelines for eating fish caught in lakes, rivers and streams based on a statewide study of safe fish consumption.
The Ohio EPA partners with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop consumption advisories for fish caught in Ohio. A total of 885 fish tissue samples collected from 51 lakes and 26 streams in 2014 and 2015 for the basis of the new advisories.
Fish consumption evaluations help Ohio anglers make informed decisions about consuming their catch.
The EPA said there have been improvements from last year. As a result of the recent study, an advisory against eating common carp has been lifted for the Mahoning River. Fishers can now eat fish from the river once per month, as recommended. Unless otherwise noted in the new recommendations, a general advisory is in place that recommends limiting one meal each week of Ohio-caught fish.
Also included in the advisory is Mosquito Creek, where the EPA recommends limiting bluegill caught there to one meal per week due to PCBs and lead.
The full 2016 fish advisory information is available online and printed copies can be requested by calling (614) 644-2160.
Additional information about fish consumption safety for women of child-bearing age, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children under 15 can be found at the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Centers, local health departments, Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Natural Resources regional offices.