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Fish Consumption Advisories

Hunting Regulations Icon Mississippi Hunting & Fishing

Fish Tissue Advisories & Commercial Fishing Bans

These advisories are current as of the time of publication, but are subject to change.
Please consult the MDEQ Web Site

www.deq.state.ms.us/mdeq.nsf/page/FS-Mississippi _Fish_Advisories?OpenDocument
or call the MDEQ Laboratory (601-961-5701) for the most up to date information.

STREAM REACH

CHEMICAL

DATE ISSUED

ACTION

Archusa Water Park in Clark County

Mercury

Sept. 1996

See #1 Below

Bogue Chitto River­

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Delta Region / All waters east of the Mississippi River levee and west of the bluff hills except for Steele Bayou, Black Bayou, Bee Lake, RecCon Lake (Rainey’s Lake), and Lake Charlie Capps.

Toxaphene, DDT

June 2001

See #4 Below

Enid Reservoir

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Escatawpa River from the AL state line to Interstate 10.

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Grenada Lake & Yalobusha River from the dam downstream to Hwy 8 & 35 at Holcomb.

Mercury

June 2001

See #1 Below

Gulf of Mexico

Mercury

May 1998

See #2 Below

Lake Susie, Oxbow Lake of Old Tallahatchie River in Panola County west of Batesville

PCB’s

Nov. 1989

See #3 Below

Little Conehoma Creek & Yockanookany River in Attala & Leake counties. From Highway 35 near Kosciusko Downstream to Highway 429 ­near Thomastown (approx. 15 miles).

PCB’s

June 1987

See #3 Below

Pascagoula River

Mercury

Sept. 1996

See #1 Below

Pearl River Hwy 25 (Leake County), near Carthage, downstream to Leake County Water Park

Mercury

June 2001

See #1 Below

Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge (All Waters)

Toxaphene, DDT

1975

See #3 Below

Yockanookany River

Mercury

May 1995

See #1 Below

Yocona River From Enid Reservoir to Little Tallahatchie River

Mercury

Sept. 1996

See #1 Below

Action

1. The Mississippi Dept. of Health recommends that people limit the amount of largemouth and spotted bass and large catfish that they eat from these areas because of high levels of mercury in the fish. Children under seven and women who might have children should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two months. Other adults should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two weeks.

2. The Mississippi Dept. of Health recommends that people limit the amount of 33”-39” king mackerel they eat from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Do not eat king mackerel greater than 39”. Children under seven and women of childbearing age should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two months. Other adults should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two weeks.

3. Do not consume any fish from these waters. Precautionary advisory issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge.

4. The Mississippi Dept. of Health recommends that people eat no more than one meal every 2 weeks of buffalo, carp, gar, and catfish over 22 inches from all waters in this area, except for Steele Bayou, Black Bayou, Bee Lake, RecCon Lake (Rainey’s Lake) and Lake Charlie Capps.