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Fish safe to eat in most Kansas
By Deb Zeiner
If you fish in Kansas, and eat some of the fish
you catch, you've probably heard comments like, "You don't
eat those, do you?" or "Man, I wouldn't eat those fish
if I were you."
The truth is, the fish that are caught in most
Kansas waters are perfectly safe to eat. But the Kansas Department
of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife
and Parks have issued their 2005 fish consumption advisories
for some Kansas waters.
Fish consumption advisories are guidelines for
the public to help them make informed decisions about whether
or not to consume the fish they catch. The advisories include
guidelines for mercury, PCBs, perchlorate, chlordane in fish
and lead and cadmium in shellfish.
Consumption of bottom-feeding and-dwelling fish
(carp, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, drum,
bullhead, sturgeon, buffalo, carp and other sucker fish) from
the following areas should be avoided because of chlordane, PCBs
1. The Kansas River from Lawrence, below the Bowersock
Dam, downstream to Eudora at the confluence of the Wakarusa River.This
advisory includes bottom-feeding fish due to PCBs.
2. Antioch Park Lake in Overland Park. The advisory
includes bottom-feeding fish due to chlordane.
3. Horseshoe Lake in units 22 and 23 of the
Mined Land Wildlife Area in Cherokee County. This includes all
forms of aquatic life in addition to all fish because of perchlorate
4. The Spring River from the confluence of Center
Creek to the Kansas/Oklahoma border in Cherokee County. The advisory
includes shellfish due to lead and cadmium contamination.
Additionally, advisories limiting the consumption
of bottom-feeding fish (carp, blue catfish, channel catfish,
flathead catfish, drum, bullhead, sturgeon, buffalo, carp and
other sucker fish) to one 8-ounce meal per month or twelve 8-ounce
meals per year in the following areas have been issued:
1. The Arkansas River from the Lincoln Street dam
in Wichita downstream to the confluence with the Cowskin Creek
near Belle Plaine.
2. Cow Creek in Hutchinson, downstream to the confluence
with the Arkansas River in Reno County.
And in the following locations, limitations of
one 8-ounce meal per week for adults or one 4-ounce meal per
week for children under 12 years of age of any species of fish
have been recommended:
2. The mainstem of the Blue River from U.S. Highway
69 to the Kansas-Missouri state line in Johnson County.
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