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Fish Consumption Advisories

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Fish Consumption Advisories

Elevated levels of some pollutants may be found in certain fish caught by the public or sold commercially in the United States. For more information, contact N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at 919-707-5900 or see epi.publichealth.nc.gov and click on “Fish Consumption Advisories.” ­The following table lists current fish consumption advisories for North Carolina inland fishing waters:

Body of Water

Advisory

Pollutant

Statewide Largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Bluegill sunfish and trout. No more than two meals per week for women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 15. No more than four meals per week for all other people. Mercury
South and east of I-85 Blackfish (bowfin), Catfish (caught wild), Jack fish (chain pickerel), Warmouth, and Yellow perch. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
South and east of I-95 Black crappie. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Albemarle Sound from Bull Bay to Harvey Point west to the mouths of the Roanoke and Chowan rivers (Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Washington and Tyrrell counties) Carp and catfish. No consumption by women of childbearing age or children. No more than one meal per month for all other people. Dioxins
Roanoke River from U.S. Hwy. 17 bridge near Williamston to the mouth of Albemarle Sound (Martin, Bertie and Washington counties) Carp and catfish. No consumption by women of childbearing age or children. No more than one meal per month for all other people. Dioxins
Welch Creek (Martin, Beaufort and Washington counties) Carp and catfish. No consumption by women of childbearing age or children. No more than one meal per month for all other people. Dioxins
Brier Creek Reservoir (Wake County), Brier Creek _downstream of Brier Creek Reser­voir, and Little Brier Creek and tributaries downstream of Brier Creek Parkway All fish. No consumption. PCBs
Lake Crabtree (Wake County) Carp and catfish. No consumption. All other fish. No more than one meal per month. PCBs
Crabtree Creek (Wake County) above and below Lake Crabtree to Neuse River Carp, catfish and largemouth bass. No more than one meal per month. PCBs
Neuse River (Wake County) downstream of Crabtree Creek to Auburn-Knightdale Road Carp and catfish. No more than one meal per month. PCBs
Walnut Creek (Wake County) and Rocky Branch tributary just upstream of confluence with Neuse River Carp and catfish. No more than one meal per month. All other fish. No more than one meal per week. PCBs
Santeetlah Lake (Graham County) and Fontana Lake (Graham and Swain counties) Walleye. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Badin Lake (Stanly and Montgomery counties) Catfish and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. PCBs

Mercury

Lake Gaston (Warren, Halifax, and Northampton counties) Walleye and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women or children under 15. No more than one to two meals per month for all other people. Mercury
Mountain Island Reservoir (Gaston and Mecklenburg counties) Channel catfish. No consumption. PCBs
Largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than two meals per month for all other people. PCBs

Mercury

Blue catfish. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than one meal per month for all other people. PCBs

Mercury

Lake Wylie (Gaston and Mecklenburg counties) Largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than two meals per month for all other people. PCBs

Mercury

Lake Chatuge (Clay County) White bass and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Lake Nantahala (Macon County) Smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Lake Norman (Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties) Striped bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. PCBs
Hybrid striped bass. No more than two meals per week. PCBs
Largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than two meals per month for all other people. PCBs

Mercury

Falls Reservoir (Montgomery and Stanly counties), High Rock Lake (Davidson and Rowan counties), and Lake Tillery (Montgomery and Stanly counties) Catfish. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. PCBs

Mercury

Dan River in North Carolina downstream from Danville, VA (Caswell County) Striped bass and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Brunswick River from its confluence with the Cape Fear River downstream to the U.S.-17 bridge, Cape Fear River just upstream of the confluence with the Brunswick River downstream to the U.S.-17 bridge, and Sturgeon Creek (Brunswick and New Hanover counties) Striped bass. No more than two meals per week. Mercury
Striped mullet. No more than three meals per week. Hexavalent Chromium
Blue crab. No more than three meals per week. Arsenic Hexavalent Chromium Mercury
Catfish and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than one meal per week for all other people. Mercury
Lake Glenville (Jackson County) Smallmouth bass, walleye and largemouth bass. No consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnant women, nursing women or children under 15. No more than one meal per month of smallmouth bass or walleye for all other people. No more than one meal per week of largemouth bass for all other people. Mercury