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Advisories & Consumption Guidelines

Mercury and PCBs accumulate in our bodies over time and are passed on to developing fetuses through the placenta. Children’s brains go through extraordinary development in the womb and during the first six years of life. Mercury and PCBs can interfere with normal brain development and cause lifelong learning disabilities. PCBs can also cause cancer in children and adults. Visit healthoregon.org/fishadv to learn more, including fish and shellfish cleaning guidelines that reduce your exposure to PCBs and other fat-soluble contaminants.

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Zone

Waterbody

Contaminant

Affected Fish Species

Meals Per Month

Vulnerable Population*

Everyone Else

Statewide

All state water bodies

Technical report: Information OHA used to warrant a statewide advisory

Frequently asked questions

Mercury (Hg)Bass

2

6

ColumbiaBonneville Dam at Bradford Island, extending one mile upstream to Ruckel CreekPCBsAll resident fish
(Including Sturgeon)

0

0

Mid-Columbia River, from Ruckel Creek to McNary DamHgAll resident fish
(Including Sturgeon)

4

4

SouthwestApplegate LakeHgLarge and smallmouth bass and yellow perch

2

5

Panfish (bluegill and crappie)

4

13

Cooper Creek ReservoirHgAll resident fish

1

4

Emigrant ReservoirHgAll resident fish except rainbow trout

1

3

Galesville ReservoirHgAll resident fish

1

4

Plat I ReservoirHgAll resident fish

2

6

CentralEast LakeHgAll resident fish

1

3

Brown trout (16 inches or longer)

0

1

SoutheastAntelope ReservoirHgAll resident fish

0

1

Jordan Creek, from Antelope Reservoir to the creek’s confluence with the Owyhee RiverHgAll resident fish

0

1

Owyhee ReservoirHgAll resident fish

1

3

Owyhee River upstream to Three ForksHgAll resident fish

2

6

Phillips ReservoirHgYellow perch

2

5

Willamette

Columbia Slough

Press Release Technical Report

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Website: Factsheet Translations

Social Media Cards

General
Columbia Slough

PCBsAll resident fish including crayfish

Fillet only - 1
Whole body - 0

Largescale sucker

Fillet only - 2
Whole body - 1

Cottage Grove ReservoirsHgAll resident fish except stocked, fin-clipped rainbow trout (12 inches or less)

0

1

Dorena Reservoirs

1

4

Lower Willamette River, from the Sellwood Bridge to its confluence with the Columbia, to include Multnomah Channel from its confluence with the Willamette to the Sauvie Island Bridge.PCBsAll resident fish

Meal recommendations and information

Multnomah Channel and Scappoose Bay

From the Sauvie Island Bridge to the confluence with the Columbia and all of Scappoose Bay.

PCBs & Dioxins/Furans

All resident fish and shellfish

(Note: harvesting of freshwater clams & mussels is illegal)

Meal recommendations and information

Willamette River, from its mouth on the Columbia River southward to Eugene

Includes: Coast Fork to Cottage Grove Reservoir

Does not apply to: Middle Fork, North Fork of the Middle Fork, or to any other tributary emptying into the Willamette

HgAll resident fish

1

4

Snake River

Snake River, from just south of Adrien, OR north to the WA border

Includes: Brownlee Reservoir and the Powder River arm

HgAll resident fish

3

8

* Vulnerable population includes children under age 6, women of childbearing age and people with thyroid or immune system problems.

“Resident” fish spend their entire lives within a certain territory, and do not migrate. “Migratory” fish such as salmon, steelhead, shad and lamprey, spend most of their lives at sea, and contain less localized contaminants. In general, smaller, younger fish have fewer contaminants.

Recreational Shellfish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines

Zone

Affected Species

Contaminant

Location

Meals Per Month

Oregon Coast

Softshell clams (Mya arenaria)

Gaper clams (Tresus capax)

Inorganic Arsenic

North Coast (Mouth of Columbia to Neskowin)Siphon skin intact: 1
Siphon skin removed: 11
Central Coast (Cascade Head to mouth of Umpqua River)Siphon skin intact: 2
Siphon skin removed: 26
South Coast (Mouth of Umpqua River to California Border)Siphon skin intact: 4
Siphon skin removed: 33

Softshell and Gaper Clams

Meal Sizes for Different Age Groups

Age Group

Meal Size by Clam Weight

(excluding shells)

Meal Size by Clam Volume

(excluding shells)

Adult (17 years and older)

8 ounces

1 cup

12-16 years old

6 ounces

3/4 cup

7-11 years old

4 ounces

1/2 cup

4-6 years old

3 ounces

1/3 cup

2-3 years old

2 ounces

1/4 cup

What is a Meal?

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand, or 1 oz. uncooked fish for every 20 lbs. of body weight.

160 lb. adult = 8 oz.
80 lb. child = 4 oz.