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 Fish Consumption Advisories

The Kentucky Departments for Environmental Protection, Health Services and Fish and Wildlife Resources jointly issue a fish consumption advisory to the public when fish are found contaminated. Trace contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and chlordane are found in some fish in Kentucky. An advisory cautions people about potential health problems that may result from eating fish caught from a particular area. An advisory does not ban eating fish; it is a guide to reduce your risk. This guide provides information on how often fish may be safely eaten. Most fish are healthy to eat and are an excellent source of low-fat protein.

Risks from eating contaminated fish can be reduced by the following:

  • ...fillet the fish, remove the skin and trim all fat
  • ...do not eat fish eggs
  • ...broil, grill or bake the fillets instead of frying or microwaving
  • ...do not eat or reuse juices or fats that cook out of the fish.

Fish consumption advisories are in effect for the following:

  1. Statewide: All waters are under advisory for mercury. Women of childbearing age and children 6 years of age or younger should eat no more than one meal per week of freshwater fish. Adult men and other women are not included in the consumption notice.

    This is not an emergency as organic mercury can occur naturally in the environment and does not affect swimmers, skiers or boaters. Fish can accumulate these low levels of mercury by eating plankton and other small aquatic creatures.

  2. Drakes Creek: All fish from dam on W. Fork at Franklin, Ky. downstream to confluence with Barren River. (PCB)

  3. Green River Lake (New Advisory): Green River Lake is approximately 8,210 acres and impounds Robinson Creek and the Green River in Taylor and Adair counties. The current advisory for PCBs is lake-wide and lists channel catfish and common carp as “do not eat.” The advisory for both PCBs and mercury is considered lake-wide from the headwaters of the lake to the dam. Due to decreasing levels of PCBs in the Green River Lake, the advisory is modified from “do not eat” to one meal per month for the general population and six meals per year for the sensitive population. Channel Catfish are being removed from the PCB advisory.

    Fish Group General Population Special Population Contaminant(s)
    Suckers/Carp 1 meal per month 6 meals per year PCB
    Black Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year Mercury
    Catfish/Drum 1 meal per month 6 meals per year Mercury
  4. Little Bayou Creek: All fish from section of creek located in McCracken County. (PCB)
  5. Mud River-From Hancock Lake Dam to Wolf Lick Creek - Fish that feed on the bottom, such as catfish, carp, suckers, and freshwater drum, should not be eaten. Game fish such as bass, sunfish and crappie may be eaten, but not more than one meal per month. Women of childbearing age and children should not eat any bottom-feeding fish from this segment of the Mud River, but may eat six meals per year of game fish from this segment of the Mud River.

    Mud River-From Wolf Lick Creek to the Green River - Fish that feed on the bottom, such as catfish, carp, suckers, and freshwater drum, may be eaten, but no more than one meal per month. Game fish such as black bass, sunfish, and crappie may be eaten, but not more than one meal per week. Women of childbearing age and children should eat no more than six meals per year of bottom-feeding fish from this segment of Mud River, but may eat one meal per month of game fish from this segment of Mud River.

  6. Town Branch (Logan County): Fish should not be consumed from any portion of Town Branch. This includes all species and sizes. (PCB)
  7. Metropolis Lake (McCracken County): No more than one meal per month of fish should be eaten. (PCB and Mercury)
  8. Ohio River, bordering Kentucky: A new method for reporting the fish consumption advisory for the Ohio River has been adopted. Consumption rates for specific fish have been developed based on a meal of 1/2 pound of fish (before cooking) eaten by a 150-pound individual. Following these guidelines and spacing your meals of those fish species will limit your health risks by reducing your total exposure.

    A special population category exists for women of childbearing age, children 6 years of age or younger, pregnant and nursing women and women who plan to become pregnant. Those individuals who consume fish from the Ohio River should follow the special population consumption advisories.

    Upper Reach (Mouth of the Big Sandy River to Markland L&D):

    Species General Population Special Population
    Paddlefish (and their eggs) 6 meals/year No consumption
    Carp 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Channel catfish:
    over 21" - 6 meals/year No consumption
    under 21" - 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Drum 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Smallmouth buffalo 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    White bass 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    White crappie unlimited 1 meal/week
    Hybrid striped bass 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Sauger 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Flathead Catfish 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Black Bass (largemouth, Smallmouth and spotted) 1 meal/week 1 meal/month

    Middle Reach (Markland L&D to Cannelton L&D):

    Species General Population Special Population
    Paddlefish (and their eggs) 6 meals/year No consumption
    Channel catfish:
    over 21" - 6 meals/year No consumption
    under 21" - 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Carp 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Drum 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Hybrid striped bass 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Sauger 1 meal/week 1 meal/month
    White bass 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Flathead Catfish 1 meal/week 1 meal/month
    Black Bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) 1 meal/week 1 meal/month

    Lower Reach (Cannelton L&D to Mouth of Ohio River):

    Species General Population Special Population
    Paddlefish (and their eggs) 6 meals/year No consumption
    Blue Catfish:
    over 14" - 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    under 14" - 1 meal/week 1 meal/month
    Channel Catfish 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Carp 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Drum 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Hybrid striped bass 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    Sauger 1 meal/week 1 meal/month
    White bass 1 meal/month 6 meals/year
    White crappie unlimited 1 meal/week
    Bigmouth Buffalo 1 meal/week 1 meal/month
    Black Bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted) 1 meal/week 1 meal/month
  9. Knox Creek: There are approximately 7.8 miles of Knox Creek in Pike County, KY. The headwaters of Knox Creek are located predominantly in Buchanan Co, VA. A similar fish consumption advisory has been issued in VA for their section of this creek.

    Advisory boundaries:

    This fish consumption advisory will include all of Knox Creek from the VA/KY state line to the Tug Fork River.

    Advisory for Knox Creek:

    Fish Group General Population Special Population Contaminant(s)
    Black Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year PCB, Mercury
    Crappie/Rock Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year PCB, Mercury
    Catfish/Drum 6 meals per year No Consumption PCB
    Flathead Catfish No Consumption No Consumption PCB, Mercury
  10. Fishtrap Lake: Fishtrap Lake is approximately 1100 acres and impounds the Levisa Fork River in Pike County, KY.

     

    Advisory boundaries:

    This advisory will include the Levisa Fork River from the KY/VA Stateline to the dam on Fishtrap Lake. A similar fish consumption advisory has been issued by VA for a portion of the Levisa fork river in their state.

    Advisory for Fishtrap Lake:

    Fish Group General Population Special Population Contaminant(s)
    Black Bass 1 meal per week 1 meal per month PCB, Mercury
    White Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year PCB, Mercury
    Catfish/Drum 1 meal per month 6 meals per year PCB, Mercury
    Suckers/Carp 1 meal per month 6 meals per year PCB, Mercury
    Flathead Catfish 1 meal per week No Consumption 1 meal per month

    * Neither of these contaminants is associated with the Consol Energy, Inc., brine discharge at Grundy Virginia.

  11. Lake Cumberland (New Advisory): Lake Cumberland is approximately 47,680 acres and impounds the Cumberland River in south central Kentucky. This advisory is considered to be a lake-wide advisory and will include the waters from the confluence of Laurel River and Cumberland River to the Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland.
    Fish Group General Population Special Population Contaminant(s)
    Black Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year Mercury
    Crappie/Rock Bass 1 meal per week 1 meal per year Mercury
  12. Guist Creek Lake (New Advisory): Guist Creek Lake is approximately 321 acres and impounds Guist Creek and Tick Creek in Shelby County. This advisory is considered to be lake-wide from the headwaters of the lake to the dam.
    Fish Group General Population Special Population Contaminant(s)
    Black Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year Mercury
  13. Fish Lake (New Advisory): Ballard Wildlife Management Areas, Fish Lake, is an approximately 30-acre natural lake in Ballard County. This advisory is considered to be a lake-wide from the headwaters of the lake to the outflow of Shawnee Creek.
    Fish Group General Population Special Population Contaminant(s)
    Black Bass 1 meal per month 6 meals per year Mercury
    Suckers/Carp 1 meal per month 6 meals per year Mercury