Alabama Dept. of Health advises against eating certain fish species in annual report

Certain species of fish from specific waterways in the state tested positive for contaminants.

Each year around this time, the Alabama Department of Heath releases its Fish Consumption Advisories, which warn against eating certain fish from Alabama rivers and lakes. The advisories are based on data from the fall that tested fish in 48 bodies of water for contaminants that could be harmful to humans.

"Do Not Eat Any" advisories are issued when excess levels of a contaminant are found in several fish of one species from a specific waterbody.

The ADPH is warning of high mercury levels in fish caught in the Black Warrior and Cahaba River Basins.

In East Alabama, high mercury levels and PCB contamination have been found in certain fish in the Coosa River Basin.

Officials say *at-risk groups should not eat any king mackerel, shark, swordfish, or tilefish. They should also limit white tuna to just six ounces a week, or about one meal portion.

Check out the document below to view your local advisories and learn more about the safety of fish caught in local lakes and rivers.

*At-risk groups: babies, children under 14, women who are nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant