2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 58



FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES
Fish are a lean and nutritious source of
protein. However, some fish may contain
chemicals that could pose health risks. Louisiana fish consumption advisories are based
on the estimate that the average Louisiana
resident eats four fish meals per month (a
meal is considered to be 1/2 pound of fish
for adults and children). If you or your family members eat more than four meals of
fish a month from local water bodies, you
might increase your health risks.
The following information on fish consumption advisories has been furnished by the
Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).
LDH, Department of Environmental Quality
and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries coordinate in the issuance of advisories.
Unless the fish species is specifically addressed in the details of these advisories,
please limit consumption of all species in an
advisory area to four meals per month. You
can contact the Office of Public Health toll
free at 1-855-229-6848 for more information about eating fish that contain chemicals.
Readers should be aware that the
information provided is a summary of the
information available at the time of printing.
Advisories may be changed or added at any
time. For current advisories call Al Hindrichs
at the Department of Environmental Quality
at 225-219-3189, or visit LDH at ldh.la.gov/
index.cfm/page/564 or more information
about eating fish that may contain chemicals.
CONTAMINANTS IN FISH
Almost everywhere you look in Louisiana
there is water, and where there is water,
people catch and eat fish. However, in a few
Louisiana waters, fish and shellfish have
chemical contamination in amounts that
may be harmful to your health if you were
to eat too much over a long period of time.
These contaminants are in the environment
because of various reasons such as natural
deposition, industrial discharges, leaking
landfills and misuse of pesticides. Fish take
in the contaminants from water, sediments
and food. Larger, older fish and fish that eat
other fish tend to accumulate more contaminants than smaller, younger fish.
The Office of Public Health evaluates chemicals in fish to determine if the fish are
contaminated and pose a health threat to
children, pregnant women, adults or (when
indicated) subsistence anglers. A fish consumption advisory is issued when unacceptable levels of chemical contaminants
have been found in the fish filet.
A “meal” is considered to be 1/2 pound (8 oz.) in size. Unless the fish species is
specifically addressed in the details of the advisory, please limit consumption of all
species in an advisory area to four meals per month. Louisiana fish consumption
advisories are based on the estimate that the average Louisiana resident eats four fish
meals per month. If you or your family eat more than four meals of fish a month from
local water bodies, you might increase your health risks. You can contact the Office of
Public Health toll free at 1-888-293-7020 for more information about eating fish that
contain chemicals.
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2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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