The California Environmental Protection Agency has included Truckee River in its statewide fish advisory this month. The advisory gives readers information about the edible and not edible fish found in any water source throughout the state of California. To read the original article click here or continue reading this article to get the highlights.
The Statewide Fish Advisory
This is the first time that the advisory is including all rivers in the state of California as well as other water sources. The advisory is intended to be a guide for eating fish caught in these rivers, along with other rivers, streams, and creeks that are not covered by a specific advisory. (Source)
“By following the guidelines in our latest advisory, people who enjoy fishing along the rivers can safely eat fish low in chemical contaminants and enjoy the well-known health benefits of fish consumption.”- OEHHA Director Dr. Lauren Zeise
Why a New Advisory?
“Many fish are excellent sources of protein and have nutrients that may reduce the risk of heart disease. However, California fish also have detectable levels of contaminants. “- OEHHA Director Dr. Lauren Zeise
The new advisory is based on the levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls found in the fish collected from more than 700 sites all over California. Some of the water sources that had their fish tested included the Truckee River. (Source)
Mercury and PCBs are two of the common chemicals that can be found in the fish that you are catching and bringing home to eat. High levels of mercury can cause damage to the brain and nervous system. If you are pregnant it can cause damage to the fetus. PCBs can cause a lot of health problems including cancer. (Source)
When fishing ensure that you follow the advisory that the California Environmental Protection Agency puts out and follow the chart below.
Guidelines for Consuming Fish
There are usually different guidelines for the consumption of fish depending on the place where you are fishing. If you are unaware of the guidelines for that location, follow the guidelines below.
- Women ages 18-49 and children ages 1-17 should not eat black bass species, catfish, common carp, goldfish, Sacramento pikeminnow, or Sacramento sucker. They may safely eat a maximum of two total servings per week of red shiner or one total serving per week of one of the following
- Brown Trout
- Rainbow Trout
- or Sunfish
- Women ages 50 and older, and men ages 18 and older may safely eat a maximum of five total servings per week of red shiner or three total servings of bullhead or rainbow trout. They may safely eat two total servings per week of brown trout or sunfish and one total serving per week of black bass and catfish. (Source)
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Source: Report, Staff. “Truckee River Included in EPA’s Statewide Fish Advisory.” Sierra Sun, Sierra Sun, 27 Sept. 2022, https://www.sierrasun.com/news/truckee-river-included-in-epas-statewide-fish-advisory/.