01/03/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 17:32
TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are issuing revised fish consumption advisories for 2018. The advisories identify types of fish or other aquatic animals that should be eaten in limited quantities or, in some cases, avoided altogether because of contamination. General advice and Internet resources are also provided to aid the public in making informed decisions regarding the benefits as well as the risks associated with eating locally-caught fish from Kansas waters.
Bottom-feeding fish: buffalo, carp, carpsucker, catfish (except blue and flathead catfish), sturgeon, and sucker.
Predatory fish: black bass, blue catfish, crappie, drum, flathead catfish, perch, sunfish, white bass, wiper, striper, walleye, saugeye, and sauger.
Shellfish: mussels, clams, and crayfish.
General Population: Men and women 18 years of age or older.
Sensitive Populations: Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing and children age 17 or younger.
Meal size (skinless fish fillets before cooking):
Adults and Children age 13 and older = 8 ounces
Children age 6 to 12 = 4 ounces
Children younger than 6 = 2 ounces
Kansas recommends the following consumption restrictions because of mercury in fish:
1. Sensitive Populations should restrict consumption of all types of locally-caught fish, from waters or species of fish not specifically covered by an advisory to one meal per week because of mercury.
2. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass (black basses):
A. Sensitive Populations should restrict consumption of these species to one meal per month because of mercury.
B. General Public should restrict consumption of these species to one meal per week because of mercury.
Existing advisories modified for 2018
Kansas has modified fish consumption advisories for portions of Cow Creek, the Kansas River, and Little Arkansas River because of decreased levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in bottom-feeding fish fillet samples collected in recent years.
Kansas recommends restricting consumption of bottom-feeding fish to one meal per week from the following location because of PCBs:
NEW advisories for 2018
K-96 Lake in Wichita (Sedgwick County) - Kansas recommends restricting consumption of bottom-feeding fish to one meal per month because of PCBs.
Arkalon Park Lakes in Liberal (Seward County) - Kansas recommends not eating fish or other aquatic life because the lakes are sustained solely by treated municipal wastewater.
Waterbody specific advisories for all consumers
Kansas recommends not eating specified fish or aquatic life from the following locations:
General advice for eating locally-caught fish in Kansas
To view the advisories online and for information about KDHE's Fish Tissue Contaminant Monitoring Program, visit www.kdheks.gov/befs/fish_tissue_monitoring.htm