Now that spring is in the air, many area residents
are wetting a line in area streams and in other favorite fishing holes
throughout West Virginia.
W.Va. Dept. of Natural Resources reports that the
public fishing area and boat launch on Rt. 7 East of Grantsville is
still open. Other areas along the riverbanks should only be fished with
permission from land-owners.
The following information on fish consumption
advisories was found on the State of West Virginia website:
The W.Va. Dept. of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)
has updated the West Virginia sport fish consumption advisory for 2008.
DHHR partners with W.Va. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and
Division of Natural Resources (DNR)
to develop consumption advisories for fish caught in West Virginia.
Advisories are reviewed annually and help West
Virginia anglers make educated choices about eating the fish they catch.
Certain West Virginia sport fish have been found to
have low levels of chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs),
mercury, selenium and dioxin. An advisory is advice, and should not be
viewed as law or regulation.
It is intended to help anglers and their families
make educated choices about where to fish, what types of fish to eat,
how to limit the amount and frequency of fish eating, and how to prepare
and cook fish to reduce contaminants.
This advisory covers sport fish caught in West
Virginia waters. Safety regulations and advisories for fish in the
market-place are the responsibility of the Federal Food and Drug
Data collected from lakes and rivers in West
Virginia show the general statewide advisory of sport-caught fish. A
review of this information indicates that mercury, PCBs, and dioxin are
the chemicals of the greatest concern. For detailed information about
these contaminants and the levels measured, consult
Changes to the current advisory are as follows:
Consumption of rock bass statewide should be limited to two meals a
month because of mercury.
Follow statewide consumption advisories for all
sport fish from Mt. Storm Lake, Upper Mud Lake and Pinnacle Creek
because of selenium. Limit consumption of black bass less than 12 inches
in length from Sutton Lake to one meal a month because of mercury.
Limit consumption of smallmouth bass less than 12
inches in length from Greenbrier River and Fish Creek to one meal a
month because of mercury. Limit consumption of sauger from Little
Kanawha River to one meal a month because of mercury.
Meadow River rock bass are no longer listed as a
site-specific advisory. Wheeling Creek has been removed from the
site-specific list because smallmouth bass less than 12 inches long are
managed as catch and release only.
Body weight and meal size are important factors in
fish advisories. See the accompanying chart to define the size of meal
that corresponds to your body weight. This advisory is designed to keep
the amount of chemicals you eat at a safe level.
Women of childbearing age, children, and people who
regularly eat fish are particularly susceptible to contaminants that
build up over time. If you fall into one of these categories, you should
be especially careful to follow the meal sizes and space fish meals out
according to the advisory tables.
Your body can get rid of some contaminants over
time. Spacing the meals out helps prevent the contaminants from building
up to harmful levels in the body.
For example, if the fish you eat is in the “One
Meal a Month” group, wait a month before eating another meal of fish
from any restricted category. Occasionally eating
fish in quantities slightly greater than the advisories recommend, such
as during an annual fishing vacation, should not present a health
Fishing licenses may be purchased at
www.wvfish.com (age 15 and younger
fish for free). Check the daily trout stocking reports by calling
558-3399 or visit online www.wvdnr.gov.