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Fish Consumption Advisories

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All Waters not listed below

All Species not
listed below

All

All Areas not listed

52

Delaware River

All Finfish

A, B, D

Delaware State Line to the C&D Canal

1*

Lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay

Weakfish-all sizes;

A

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal to the Mouth of the Delaware Bay

12

Bluefish-14 inches or less

A

12

Striped Bass

A

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal to the Mouth of the Delaware Bay

2*

White Perch, American Eel, White Catfish, Channel Catfish, Bluefish-greater than 14 inches

A

1*

Delaware Atlantic Coastal Waters including Delaware Inland Bays

Bluefish-14 inches or less

A

Coastal Delaware from Mouth of
the Delaware Bay Southward to
MD/DE Line

12

Bluefish-greater than 14 inches

A, C

Coastal Delaware from Mouth of
the Delaware Bay Southward to
MD/DE Line

1*

Tidal Shellpot Creek

All Finfish

A

Governor Printz Blvd. to the
Delaware River

0

Non-tidal Shellpot Creek

All Finfish

E

Upstream of Governor Printz Blvd.

1

Army Creek and Pond

All Finfish

A, B, G

Entire Creek and Pond

2

Red Lion Creek

All Finfish

A, B

Route 13 to the Delaware River

1

Chesapeake &
Delaware Canal

All Finfish

A, E, F, H

Entire Canal in Delaware

0

Appoquinimink River

All Finfish

A, B

Tidal Portions

1

Drawyers Creek

All Finfish

A, F

Tidal Portions

1

Silver Lake Middletown

All Finfish

A, E, F, B

Entire Lake

1

Waples Pond

All Finfish

C

Entire Pond

12

Prime Hook Creek

All Finfish

C

Entire Creek

12

Slaughter Creek

All Finfish

A,G

Entire Creek

6

Saint Jones River

All Finfish

A, B, C

River Mouth to Silver Lake Dam

2

Moores Lake

All Finfish

A, F

Entire Pond

2

Silver Lake Dover

All Finfish

A, B, C

Entire Pond

2

Wyoming Mill Pond

All Finfish

A, B, F

Entire Pond

2

Tidal Brandywine River

All Finfish

A

River Mouth to Baynard Blvd

0

Non-tidal Brandywine River

All Finfish

A, B

Baynard Blvd. to Pennsylvania Line

6

Tidal Christina River

All Finfish

A, E

River Mouth to Smalley’s Dam

0

Non-tidal Christina River

All Finfish

A, E, H

Smalley’s Dam to DE/MD Line

6

Tidal White Clay Creek

All Finfish

A

River Mouth to Route 4

0

Non-tidal White Clay Creek

All Finfish

A

Route 4 to DE/PA Line

12

Red Clay Creek

All Finfish

A, B, D

State Line to Stanton

6

Little Mill Creek

All Finfish

A

Creek Mouth to Kirkwood Highway

0

Christina Creek

Stocked Trout

A, E

Rittenhouse Park to DE/MD Line

6

Designated Trout Streams
& Ponds other than
Christina Creek

Stocked Trout

A

Designated Trout Streams are
listed 2014 Tentative Trout Stocking Schedule

12

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fishing is an important activity in Delaware’s inland and coastal waters. Among the benefits provided by fishing are quality recreational opportunities, direct and indirect input to the local economy, food for recreational anglers, and food for the commercial marketplace. Fish are a good source of readily digestible protein. They are low in fat and sodium, and the unique types of fats found in fish are believed to provide cardiovascular benefits.

Despite the general benefits of fishing and fish consumption, there are also health risks associated with consuming some locally caught fish. Certain toxic chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury persist in the environment and accumulate in fish. When you eat the fish, you also ingest these chemicals. In cases where the health risk is elevated to recreational anglers and their families, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), in cooperation with the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health (DPH), issue fish consumption advisories to inform the public of the situation. The most recent fish consumption advisories for Delaware waters are shown on the accompanying table. These advisories are intended to protect public health and hence are conservative.

Although the list of waters and fish species under advisory is extensive, monitoring shows that contaminant concentrations in the fish are slowly improving over time in many cases. This is the result of steady progress in cleaning up the sources of the contamination along with natural processes. DNREC and DPH will continue to monitor contaminant levels in fish over time and issue new or revised fish consumption advisories as appropriate.

For more information concerning health advisories for Delaware waters, go on-line or contact the Division of Public Health at (302) 744-4546. For more information on balancing health risks and health benefits of consuming seafood, visit http://seafoodhealthfacts.org.

Cutting the Fat

CUT.psd
CUT.psd

Toxic chemicals tend to concentrate in the fatty tissue found in the:

1) dorsal area.

2) lateral line.

3) belly flaps.

When cleaning fish, always skin it and trim away fatty areas shown by the dotted line.

Reprinted with permission of Soundings Publication Inc.

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