Alabama Department of Public Health issues 2010 Fish Consumption Advisories | Environment
The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued warnings concerning fish from some North Alabama Waterways.
Scientists are concerned about mercury levels and other contaminants in fish from waters in several counties including waterways in Lawrence, Jackson, Limesone, Madison and Franklin Counties.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
ADEM collected samples of specific fish species for analysis from various water bodies throughout the state during the fall of 2009. ADPH assessed the analytical results to determine whether any of the tested contaminants in the fish may give rise to potential human health effects.
Fish consumption advisories are issued for specific water bodies and specific species taken from those areas. In reservoirs, advisories apply to waters as far as a boat can be taken upstream in a tributary, that is, to full pool elevations.