Fish consumption advice relaxed for some species on Fox River

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Staff | August 7, 2013

 MADISON – Updated fish consumption advice for 2013 is now available and suggests that the ongoing cleanup of PCBs from the Fox River is beginning to pay off, with anglers able to eat more of some fish species from stretches of the river and from Green Bay, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“The good news on the Fox River is that contaminant levels are dropping for some species,” said Candy Schrank, DNR toxicologist who coordinates fish consumption advice.“That allows us to relax the consumption advice slightly for those species and suggests that we'll see continued reductions in contaminant levels in other species as the cleanup work is fully completed and in years after.”

Specifically on the Fox River system:

         There is a slight relaxation of consumption advice for northern pike from Little Lake Buttes Des Morts to the DePere dam, a stretch where remediation was recently completed. Effectiveness is being evaluated by testing every four to five years. In 2011, advice for smallmouth bass was relaxed.

         Consumption advice for white bass in the stretch of the Fox River from De Pere to the mouth of the Fox River, where remediation is still underway, also has been relaxed in accordance with new DNR data. Anglers can now enjoy up to six meals per year of white bass, a species that people were previously advised not to eat.

         For Green Bay, advice was relaxed for smaller sizes of northern pike and white bass.


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