DHEC Updates Fish Consumption Advisories

Earlier in July DHEC released updated fish consumption advisories for all South Carolina waters.  These advisories are intended to inform the public if the fish they catch in South Carolina rivers and lakes are safe to consume, and in what quantity.  DHEC issues advisories for Mercury, PCBs and Radioisotopes.  

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While no new advisories were added for the Midlands rivers, there are still advisories for a handful of fish in the Saluda and Congaree Rivers (there are currently no fish consumption advisories for the Broad River).

Saluda River Fish Consumption Advisories
Fish Type Safe Amount to Eat
Largemouth Bass Mercury One Meal Per Week
Bluegill Mercury One Meal Per Week
Bowfin (Mudfish) Mercury One Meal Per Month

Congaree River Fish Consumption Advisories
Fish Type Safe Amount to Eat
Largemouth Bass Mercury One Meal Per Week
Bowfin (Mudfish) Mercury One Meal Per Week

How Fish Become Contaminated

At risk groups for these contaminants include babies, children under 14, and women who are nursing, pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Learn more about fish consumption advisories at DHEC's website here.

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