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Fish Consumption Guidelines

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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.

Contaminants in Fish

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.

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.

Fish consumption advisories in Louisiana are based on chemical levels in the fish filet. Advisories are issued at very conservative levels to insure the safety of individuals consuming fish. Advisories provide guidance regarding fish consumption for each species of fish. They do not tell you to stop fishing or to stop eating fish. Just be selective about the fish you or your family eats. None of the fish in Louisiana are contaminated enough to cause harm after a single or a few meals. The health risk comes from eating contaminated fish often and regularly over a long period of time.

Contaminants found in Louisiana fish can be grouped into two categories: organic chemicals (HCB, HCBD, PCBs and Dioxin) and metals (mercury, lead). Organic contaminants build up in fish fat deposits and just under the skin, more than in the muscle tissue (filet). Metals are distributed evenly throughout the fish and cannot be removed from the filet by cooking or cleaning.

  • Remove all organs and skin. Organs and skin can be high in fat and organic chemicals.
  • Trim off fatty areas. This includes belly fat, side fat and back fat. Organic contaminants concentrate in fat.
  • Bake or broil skinned, trimmed fish on a rack or grill so fat drips off. Throw away drippings.
  • When fish are poached or fried, throw away the broth or oil. Keep smaller fish to eat. Usually, younger, smaller fish are less contaminated than larger, older fish.
  • Eat fewer predator fish such as bass, gar or pickerel. Contaminants bio-accumulate in predator fish.
  • Vary diet by eating a variety of fish, shellfish, meat and poultry.
  • Vary source of fish, seafood, meat, poultry and wild game.

By following these three recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury. Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish or shellfish to a young child, but serve smaller portions.

  1. Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish, as these contain high levels of mercury.
  1. Eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. The five most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish. Up to six ounces a week of albacore (“white”) tuna may be consumed since this variety contains more mercury than light tuna.
  1. Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to six ounces per week of fish caught in local waters. Do not consume any other fish that same week.

Fish Consumption Advisory

 

Health Advice and Guidelines

 

How to Reduce Organic Chemical Contamination in Fish

 

Consumption advice for women who are pregnant, nursing or might become pregnant and for young children (EPA and FDA, 2004)

LOUISIANA HEALTH/FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES (MERCURY)

Location

Boundaries

Parish

Recommendations for Consumption

Issue Date

Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 7

Other adults and children over the age of 7

Amite River Drainage Basin

Amite River from the Mississippi State Line to its confluence with Lake Maurepas, Colyell Creek, the Amite River Diversion Canal and the Petite Amite River

East Feliciana

St. Helena

East Baton Rouge

Livingston

Ascension

Limit bigmouth buffalo, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white crappie (sac-a-lait), freshwater drum (gaspergou) and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit bigmouth buffalo, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white crappie (sac-a-lait), freshwater drum (gaspergou) and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

07/01/2004

Bayou Bartholomew

Bayou Bartholomew from the LA/AR state line to its confluence with the Ouachita River

Morehouse

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than four meals per month combined.

01/1999

05/29/2003

Bayou Bonne Idee

Bayou Bonne Idee from its headwaters near Jones, Louisiana to its confluence with the Boeuf River east of Oak Ridge.

Morehouse

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit largemouth bass and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit largemouth bass and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

07/01/2004

Bayou Chene & Bayou Lacassine

Bayou Chene from its headwaters near Jennings to its confluence with Bayou Lacassine, and Bayou Lacassine from its headwaters near Lacassine to its confluence with Bayou Misere.

Jefferson Davis Calcasieu Cameron

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

03/08/2006

Bayou de Loutre & associated lakes (Phillips, Hatley and Hudson)

Bayou De Loutre from the Arkansas state line to its confluence with the Ouachita River including Phillips, Hatley, and Hudson Lakes

Union

No consumption of any species.

Limit consumption of all species to no more than two meals per month combined.

11/20/2000 05/29/2003 07/01/2004

Bayou des Cannes

Bayou des Cannes from its origin near Ville Platte to its confluence with the Mermentau

Acadia

Evangeline

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel), largemouth bass, crappie (sac-a-lait) and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

No advisory.

10/1997

05/29/2003

07/25/2018

Bayou DeSiard

Bayou DeSiard from its headwaters to its confluence with the Ouachita River

Ouachita

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than four meals per month combined.

05/29/2003

Bayou Dorcheat

Bayou Dorcheat from the Arkansas State Line to its confluence with Lake Bisteneau.

Webster

Limit largemouth bass, spotted bass, black crappie, freshwater drum (gaspergou), flathead catfish and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass, spotted bass, black crappie, freshwater drum (gaspergou), flathead catfish and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meal per month combined.

07/01/2004

03/08/2006

Bayou Liberty

The entire length of Bayou Liberty

St. Tammany

Limit largemouth bass, crappie (sac-a-lait), freshwater drum (gaspergou) and redear sunfish consumption to no more than one meal a month combined.

Limit largemouth bass, crappie (sac-a-lait), freshwater drum (gaspergou) and redear sunfish consumption to no more than four meals a month combined.

01/31/1997

05/29/2003

Bayou Louis

Bayou Louis from its headwaters to its confluence with the Ouachita River including Lake Louis (Lovelace Lake)

Catahoula

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than four meals per month combined.

05/29/2003

Bayou Nezpique

Bayou Nezpique from its’ headwaters to its’ confluence with the Mermentau River.

Acadia

Allen

Evangeline

Jefferson Davis

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than six meals per year; Limit largemouth bass to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than two meals per month. Limit largemouth bass to no more than four meals per month combined.

02/11/2009

Bayou Plaquemine Brule

Bayou Plaquemine Brule from its origin near Opelousas to its confluence with the Mermentau River

Acadia

St. Landry

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel), largemouth bass, crappie (sac-a-lait), flathead catfish and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

No advisory.

10/1996

05/29/2003

07/25/2018

Bayou Queue De Tortue

Bayou Queue de Tortue from its headwaters near Cankton, Louisiana to its confluence with the Mermentau River east of Lake Arthur, La.

Acadiana

Lafayette

Vermilion

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and largemouth bass consumption to no more than one meal per month combined. Limit crappie (sac-a-lait), freshwater drum, warmouth, and bluegill sunfish to two meals per month combined.

No advisory.

07/1/2004

07/25/2018

LOUISIANA HEALTH/FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES (MERCURY) (Continued)

Location

Boundaries

Parish

Recommendations for Consumption

Issue Date

Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 7

Other adults and children over the age of 7

Big Alabama Bayou

The entire length of Big Alabama Bayou from the boat landing at Hwy 975 to near the Atchafalaya River Pilot Channel

Pointe Coupee

Iberville

St. Martin

Limit consumption of all species to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit consumption of all catfish species to no more than two meals a month. Limit consumption of all other species to four meals a month combined.

05/29/2003

Black Bayou Lake

Black Bayou Lake only

Caddo

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

03/08/2006

Black Bayou Lake

Black Bayou Lake only

Ouachita

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to one meal a month.

05/29/2003

Black Lake

Black Lake only

Natchitoches

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption. Limit largemouth bass, white bass, crappie (sac-a-lait) and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than one meal a month combined.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) to two meals per month. Limit largemouth bass, white bass, crappie (sac-a-lait) and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than four meals a month combined.

10/1996

05/29/2003

Blind River

The Blind River only

St. James

Ascension

Livingston

St. John the Baptist

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals a month.

04/23/1998

05/29/2003

Boeuf River

The Boeuf River from the confluence with Lake Lafourche to the confluence with the Ouachita River

Caldwell

Franklin

Richland

Catahoula

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than four meals a month combined.

05/29/2003

Bogue Chitto River

The Bogue Chitto River from MS/LA state line to the Pearl River Navigation Canal

St. Tammany

Washington

Limit consumption of all bass species and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit consumption of all bass species and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) to no more than four meals a month combined.

08/1996

05/29/2003

Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte Rivers

The Bogue Falaya from its headwaters to its confluence with the Tchefuncte and the Tchefuncte from its headwaters to Lake Pontchartrain

Washington

St. Tammany

Tangipahoa

No largemouth bass or crappie (sac-a-lait). Limit freshwater drum (gaspergou), spotted bass and catfish consumption to no more than one meal a month combined.

Limit largemouth bass and crappie (sac-a-lait) consumption to no more than two meals a month combined. Limit freshwater drum (gaspergou), spotted bass and catfish consumption to no more than four meals a month combined.

05/29/2003

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish Consumption Advisories

Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake only

Caddo

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than six meals per year.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than two meals per month.

02/11/2009

Calcasieu River Drainage Basin

Calcasieu River from Hwy 26 to the Saltwater Barrier north of Lake Charles, the West Fork Calcasieu River, Houston River, Hickory Creek, Beckwith Creek, English Bayou and Little River

Calcasieu

Jefferson Davis

Allen

No largemouth bass, bowfin (choupique, grinnel) or freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption.

Limit largemouth bass, bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than two meals per month combined.

11/20/2000

05/29/2003

07/01/2004

Cheniere (Brake) Lake

Cheniere (Brake) Lake only

Ouachita

No consumption of bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and limit consumption of largemouth bass to no more than two meals per month.

Limit consumption of bowfin (choupique, grinnel) to no more than two meals a month. Limit consumption of largemouth bass to no more than four meals per month.

07/01/2004

Chicot Lake

Chicot Lake only

Evangeline

Limit largemouth bass, bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and black crappie (sac-a-lait) consumption to no more than two meals per month combined.

No advisory.

05/1997

05/29/2003

07/25/2018

Clear Lake

(Lake Edwards)

Clear Lake (Lake Edwards) only

Desoto

Limit black crappie, bowfin (choupique, grinnel), largemouth bass and bigmouth buffalo consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

No advisory.

02/11/2009

Cocodrie Lake

Cocodrie Lake only

Evangeline

Rapides

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than six meals per year. Limit largemouth bass, black crappie, warmouth, bluegill sunfish and bigmouth buffalo to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than two meals per month. Limit largemouth bass and black crappie to no more than three meals per month combined.

09/01/2008 07/25/2018

Corney Lake

Corney Lake only

Claiborne

Limit largemouth bass or bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass or bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

05/29/2003

Crooked Creek Reservoir

Crooked Creek Reservoir only

Evangeline

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

No advisory.

09/01/2008

07/25/2018

LOUISIANA HEALTH/FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES (MERCURY) (Continued)

Location

Boundaries

Parish

Recommendations for Consumption

Issue Date

Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 7

Other adults and children over the age of 7

Grand Bayou Reservoir

John K. Kelley- Grand Bayou Reservoir

Red River

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption. Limit largemouth bass consumption to no more than one meal per month.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and largemouth bass consumption to two meals per month.

05/29/2003

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico waters off of all coastal parishes

Coastal Parishes

No consumption of king mackerel. Limit cobia, blackfin tuna and greater amberjack consumption to no more than one meal per month.

No consumption of king mackerel greater than 39 inches in total length. Limit consumption of king mackerel 39 inches or less in total length to no more than two meals per month. Limit consumption of cobia, blackfin tuna and greater amberjack to no more that four meals per month combined.

09/04/1997

03/08/2006

Henderson Lake Area

Henderson Lake, Lake Bigeux, and all waters within the area bounded on the north be the St. Landry/St. Martin Parish line, on the east by the West Atchafalaya River levee, on the south by Hwy 3177 and on the west by the West Atchafalaya Basin levee

St. Martin

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin to no more than two meals combined per month.

No advisory.

01/31/1996

05/29/2003

07/25/2018

I-10 Canal and Work Canal

The canal that is between the Interstate 10 bridges (between Whiskey Bay and Ramah) and the canal known as Work Canal, which runs north to south and intersects the I-10 Canal.

Iberville

Limit largemouth bass, black crappie and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass, black crappie, bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

07/01/2004

Iatt Lake

Iatt Lake only

Grant

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

03/08/2006

Ivan Lake

Ivan Lake only

Bossier

No consumption of bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of largemouth bass to no more than one meal per month.

Limit consumption of bowfin (choupique, grinnel) to no more than two meals a month. Limit consumption of largemouth bass to no more than four meals a month.

11/20/2000

05/29/2003

Kepler Creek Lake

Kepler Creek Lake only

Bienville

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to one meal per month.

05/29/2003

Lake Bistineau

Lake Bistineau only

Webster

Bossier

Bienville

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month.

03/08/2006

Lake Vernon

Lake Vernon only

Vernon

Limit largemouth bass, flathead catfish, redear and bluegill sunfish (bream) consumption to no more than one meal a month.

Limit largemouth bass, flathead catfish, redear and bluegill sunfish (bream) consumption to no more than four meals a month combined.

08/1997

05/29/2003

Little River / Catahoula Lake Area

Catahoula Lake, Little River, Old River, Black River, Saline Lake, Larto Lake (Saline-Larto Complex), Shad Lake and Associated Water Bodies

Avoyelles

Catahoula

Concordia

Grant

LaSalle

Rapides

No largemouth bass, white bass, freshwater drum (gaspergou), flathead catfish or bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption. Limit white crappie consumption to no more than two meals per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass, white bass, freshwater drum (gaspergou), flathead catfish and bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than two meals per month. Limit white crappie consumption to no more than four meals a month combined.

11/20/2000

05/29/2003

Old River

(Nibletts Bluff)

Old River (Nibletts Bluff) from its’ headwaters to its’ confluence with the Sabine River

Calcasieu

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than six meals per year. Limit black crappie and redear sunfish to no more than two meals per month. Limit freshwater drum, largemouth bass and spotted bass to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit freshwater dum consumption to no more than three meals per month. Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) to no more than two meals per month combined.

02/11/2009

Ouachita River

LA/ARK border to the confluence of the Tensas River including any lakes that are inside the levee system or within the Ouachita River flood plain

Ouachita

Union

Morehouse

Caldwell

Catahoula

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of other fish species to no more than four meals per month combined.

07/1992

05/29/2003

Pearl River

The entire length of the Pearl River

St.Tammany

Washington

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption. Limit bass, bigmouth buffalo and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

No bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption. Limit bass, bigmouth buffalo and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

01/31/1997

05/29/2003

Saline Lake and Bayou

Saline Bayou from its’ headwaters in Bienville Parish to, and including, Saline Lake in Winn and Natchitoches Parishes.

Bienville

Winn

Nathitoches

Limit largemouth bass consumption to no more than six meals per year. Limit carp, freshwater drum, longear sunfish and warmouth to no more than three meals per month. Limit black crappie to no more than two meals per month. Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and spotted bass to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit largemouth bass consumption to no more than two meals per month. Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and spotted bass to no more than three meals per month combined.

02/11/2009

LOUISIANA HEALTH/FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES (MERCURY) (Continued)

Location

Boundaries

Parish

Recommendations for Consumption

Issue Date

Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 7

Other adults and children over the age of 7

Seventh Ward Canal

The Seventh Ward Canal (southwest of Abbeville)

Vermilion

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month. Limit largemouth bass, flathead catfish, white crappie (sac-a-lait) and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than two meals per month combined.

No advisory.

07/1997

05/29/2003

07/25/2018

Tangipahoa River

The Tangipahoa River from the LA/MS state line to Lake Pontchartrain

Tangipahoa

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel), flathead catfish, largemouth bass, spotted bass and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel), flathead catfish, largemouth bass, spotted bass and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

05/29/2003

Tew Lake

Tew Lake only

Catahoula

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than one meal per month.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than four meals per month.

07/01/2004

Tickfaw River Area

The Tickfaw River (from MS/LA state line to Lake Maurepas), the Blood River, Natalbany River, Lizard Creek, and Ponchatoula Creek

Saint Helena

Tangipahoa

Livingston

Limit freshwater drum (gaspergou), largemouth bass, bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and white crappie (sac-a-lait) consumption to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit freshwater drum (gaspergou), largemouth bass, bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and white crappie (sac-a-lait) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

07/08/2002

05/29/2003

Toledo Bend Reservoir

The entire reservoir

Desoto

Sabine

No consumption of bowfin (choupique, grinnel). Limit consumption of largemouth bass and freshwater drum (gaspergou) to no more than one meal per month combined.

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) consumption to no more than two meals per month combined. Limit largemouth bass and freshwater drum (gaspergou) consumption to no more than four meals per month combined.

07/19/2001

05/29/2003

Two O’Clock Bayou

From Louisiana Highway 190 in St. Landry Parish to Craft Lake, includes Cowan Bay, Close Lake, and Craft Lake

St. Landry

Limit bowfin (choupique, grinnel) and largemouth bass consumption to no more than two meals per month combined.

No advisory.

07/25/2018

LOUISIANA HEALTH/FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES (OTHER CHEMICAL CONTAMINANTS)

Location

Parish

Area

Fish & Shellfish Consumption

Pollutant

Bayou d’Inde and portions of the Calcasieu Ship Channel

Calcasieu

n/a

No catfish or crab fat consumption. Fish/shellfish consumption of no more than 2 meals a month. No swimming, water sports & contact with bottom sediments. (issued 1/87; reviewed 4/92, 10/94, and 7/99; updated 11/16)

PCBs, Dioxins and Furans

Upper Calcasieu Estuary

Calcasieu

Cameron

n/a

No crab fat consumption. (issued 4/92; reviewed 10/94; updated 11/16)

PCBs, Dioxins and Furans

Capitol Lake

East Baton Rouge

0.12 miles

No fish consumption; Sediment contamination. (issued 8/83; reviewed 11/94; reviewed 1/18)

PCBs

Devil’s Swamp, Devil’s Swamp Lake, Bayou Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge

7 sq. miles

No fish or crawfish consumption. No water contact sports. No Swimming. (issued 10/87; expanded advisory area 7/93; updated 8/15)

PCBs and Mercury

Sibley Lake

Natchitoches

3.4 sq. miles

Instructions on proper fish trimming, cleaning and cooking must be followed. Select one of the two options: largemouth bass or crappie – 1 meal/week; or channel catfish, stripped bass – 1 meal/month. Do not eat shad, gar or carp. (issued 2/89, reviewed 6/94, revised 1/96, reviewed 3/17/00)

PCBs

Wham Brake near Swartz

Ouachita

Morehouse

7.2 sq. miles

No fish consumption. (issued 11/87; reviewed 3/94, 11/96, and 11/01)

Dioxin

Bayou Lafourche (Hwy 80 overpass to I 20)

Ouachita

Richland

2 miles

Fish consumption of all species of no more than 2 meals per month, (issued 3/94; revised 11/96, reviewed 11/01)

Dioxin

Location

Parish

Area

Informational Health Advisories

Pollutant

Bayou Olsen at Lake Charles

Calcasieu

0.5 miles

Avoid sediment contact. Fish/shellfish consumption limits. (issued 1/89, reviewed 10/94)

Chloroform, misc.chemicals

Tensas River

Franklin

Tensas

Madison

Richland

83 miles

Long-term fish consumption may cause health risk. (issued 2/92)

DDT, Toxaphene

Bayou Bonfouca, Slidell

St. Tammany

7 miles

No swimming or sediment contact. (issued 11/87, revised 12/98)

Creosote