Fish in Whiskeytown Lake could be dangerous to eat

Brook Trout, Sunfish, Sacramento Sucker, and Sacramento Pikeminnow have all been listed as species with dangerous mercury levels.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 10:19 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2019 7:12 AM

WHISKEYTOWN Calif. - The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment issued the warning for eating fish because of high mercury levels in fish.

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of environmental health and hazard assessment has found high levels of mercury in fish caught in the lake.

Here is a chart put out by the agency on how much of each species of fish is safe to eat.

Brook Trout, Sunfish, Sacramento Sucker, and Sacramento Pikeminnow are all species affected.

Children and women 18 to 49 are especially at danger when eating these fish.

Representatives say “by following their guidelines you can safely eat fish with low in chemical contaminants.”

They say that high levels of mercury can be caused from natural sources, mining, and air fallout or from burning coal and other fuels. 

Action News Now is working to learn what this contamination could be caused by. 

You can find the full press release below.

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