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FISHING — Specific types of fish from the Upper Columbia and Pend Oreille rivers contain toxic chemicals according to analysis of two recent studies that's prompted a new fish consumption advisory this week from the Washington Department of Health.
Interestingly, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife knew it was coming by March when the agency published its 2012-2013 fishing regulations pamphlet.
Most of the recommendations of which fish to avoid — such as Pend Oreille River northern pike longer than 24 inches — are already published on page 20 of the pamphlet.
Based on mercury and Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs) contamination, the state Department of Health is advising people to avoid or limit certain types and amounts of fish they eat from the affected areas.
Read on for details from the Health Department media release.
FISHING — The Washington Department of Ecology is asking fish managers, researchers and consumers to comment by Dec. 30 on a plan to update outdated state fish consumption rates, such as the number of meals of bass one might eat per month before ingesting a toxic load of PCBs.
The rates also are used to identify areas for cleanup.
Washington's current consumption rates were established 20-30 years ago.
Scientists say contamination loads are too high among certain species of fish in certain rivers, lakes or ocean areas. They are particularly concerned about pregnant women and their unborn children.
Ecology's “fish consumption rates” are related but different to the current fish consumption advisories by water body, issued by the state Department of Health.
Read on for an explanation: