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SHOULD I EAT FISH FROM THE COOSA?

Although we love a good fish fry, it’s important to remember that the fish we catch can spend their whole lives swimming through a polluted environment. Fish caught from polluted waters can be contaminated with heavy metals & man made compounds that are dangerous to our health. Eating fish containing pollutants may cause birth defects, liver damage, cancer, and other serious health problems. Find out where the fish are contaminated on the Coosa and learn how to minimize your exposure. 

ADVISORIES

ALL ADVISORIES ASSUME A MEAL PORTION OF

6
ounces of cooked fish
8
ounces of raw fish

On Weiss, it is advised to limit consumption of black crappie to 1 meal/week and blue catfish, channel catfish, and bass to 1 meal/month, due to PCBs.

No current advisories. 

On Logan Martin Lake, in the lower section of the lake near Logan Martin Dam, it is advised to not eat any Striped Bass. For the middle and upper sections of the lake, it is advised to limit consumption of catfish and spotted bass to 1 meal/month and to not eat any striped bass due to PCBs. 

On Choccolocco Creek it is advised to not consume any quantity of any species of fish due to PCB and mercury contamination.

On Lay Lake, in the lower section of the lake near Lay Dam, it is advised to limit consumption of bass to 1 meal per month due to PCBs and limit consumption of catfish to 2 meals per month. On the upper end of the lake, between Wilsonville and Logan Martin Dam, it is advised to limit the consumption of catfish, striped bass, largemouth bass to 1 meal/month and to not eat any spotted bass.

No current advisories. 

No current advisories. 

A FISHERMEN'S RIGHT TO KNOW

Just below the H. Neely Henry Dam on the Coosa River, Mr. Woods catches catfish to fry and eat. Like many lakes and rivers in Alabama, this spot has a fish consumption advisory, indicating that the fish may contain dangerous levels of mercury and other contaminants. The Alabama Department of Public Health suggests limiting or avoiding consumption of some fish species in certain locations–information found on the agency’s website–but there is no legal requirement to post signs for fishermen. Where does that leave Mr. Woods and others who depend on fishing for sustenance?