“If I Catch It, Can I Eat It?” Department of Public Health releases guide to safe eating of fish caught in Connecticut

fly fishing 101 course with orvis connecticut
WTNH File Photo.

(WTNH)–The Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday the release of the 2017 Edition of “If I Catch It, Can I Eat It?: A Guide to the Safe Eating of Fish Caught in Connecticut.”

The guide has been updated in response to new sampling data that has indicated higher levels of fish contamination in the Housatonic River and the lakes Lilinonah, Zoar and Housatonic, which are fed by the river.

The fish are contaminated with PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls), which the DPH says are associated with the former General Electric (GE) transformer manufacturing facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The guide is available in both English and Spanish on the DPH website.

One of the new recommendations made as a result of the new data was to limit the amount of largemouth and smallmouth bass people eat from those lakes. The DPH said pregnant women and children should not eat bass from those lakes, and others should not eat more than one meal every two months.

For more information, visit the DPH website.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s