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floaterguy
10-12-2016, 05:52 AM
I was reading our local PA Fishing regulation book and never noticed they recommend only eating 1 meal with fish per month. I guess because of Mercury in our water is high? Our area has been horrible for fishing this summer until the last week or so and I haven't really had any interest in keeping the few I do catch. But with everything coming back I'd like to start keeping a few for the winter months but that kind of makes me a bit leery on eating them. Anyone else have any warnings like that. (this is for Lake Erie and all it's tribs.)

Crestliner08
10-12-2016, 06:04 AM
I'm a person that believes in "everything in moderation". The media has gone favorable & unfavorable on so many intake issues over the years that it's difficult to separate truth from fiction. Take coffee for example. On any given day you can read/hear that it's a bad thing for you.....then it's a good thing!? Same with alcohol. So, I just adhere to the moderation viewpoint and ignore what it is that I cannot control. I eat at least one meal of fish every week. Would I eat it more often? I don't think so, but I have in the past and I'm still kicking at 72. JMO.

Alphahawk
10-12-2016, 07:02 AM
Here in TN they publish an advisory each year for bodies of water that have contamination....telling what it is...which fish not to eat...and in some cases you can't eat any of the fish from a particular body of water.


Regards

bandchaser
10-12-2016, 08:18 AM
I was reading our local PA Fishing regulation book and never noticed they recommend only eating 1 meal with fish per month. I guess because of Mercury in our water is high? Our area has been horrible for fishing this summer until the last week or so and I haven't really had any interest in keeping the few I do catch. But with everything coming back I'd like to start keeping a few for the winter months but that kind of makes me a bit leery on eating them. Anyone else have any warnings like that. (this is for Lake Erie and all it's tribs.)
Listening to the government and the media has gotten us into the predicament we have been and currently are in......
Now, moderation is the key as stated above. Enjoy your harvest/catch whenever you like. It's still a free country!

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hugastump
10-12-2016, 08:49 AM
Michigan DNR puts out a list every year of what servings size and how much per month from which lakes and if a lake is really bad; post big yellow warning signs on bulletin boards at launches or post on shore line parks . I Do NOT ignore the posted warning as most are because of weed control/ evasive species chemicals , The Mercury heavy metal list. I think because modern technology has made insturments that can detect amounts so small that the goverment feels they have to put up a warning for fear of law suits. I grew up with abesstos covered pipes in the steam heated schools ,played with Mercury from busted thermometers( now they close the school down and call in HazMed team if the nurse drops a thermometer) and I chewed on lead painted toys, walls an such, and my own government seen I got agent orange and covered in DEET. So if I'm wanting to eat more than one heaping plate of fish a week , watch out for the sparks from the knife and fork.

huntinslabs
10-12-2016, 09:32 AM
Government EPA:bash:banghead:hatchet: They put signs up in our parks a few years back to not let your children eat more than 10lbs a month of the lumber:yikes in the parks as it contained toxic chemicals. I will keep on keepin on eating what I catch and know is fresh and well taken care of vs what is in markets. Heck ya can't even trust companies to keep ice cream safe anymore.

RiceRocket
10-12-2016, 09:41 AM
I for one do not believe the Goverment LOL I eats em whin I wont to. RR

Alphahawk
10-12-2016, 10:31 AM
Having grown up around some of these waters that have advisories I take them seriously. I saw first hand the chemicals dumped into theses streams but as a kid didn't really realize what was going on. Heck Nashville is still dumping some raw sewage into the Cumberland River. They don't have the money to build new treatment plant so they just pay the fine. To me they shouldn't be allowed to dump it at all.

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lowe175
10-12-2016, 11:22 AM
I can't be any worse than the fish and meat we get for the store now days. Most of the catfish you buy now come for over seas and god knows what's been done to it.

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skeetbum
10-12-2016, 07:03 PM
I guess I'm dyin early.

doggone
10-12-2016, 07:25 PM
I told my wife that I wanted to either die of eating too many fish ....or...chasing wild women around. She told me to eat the fish they couldn't possibly kill me as fast as the other.

Spaceman
10-12-2016, 07:49 PM
Alabama Depth of Public Health publishes an annual fish consumption guide. It is surprisingly detailed. For instance, it will actually specify particular locations by mile marker on the Tennessee river. Mostly find bass or catfish listed. Doesn't really matter to me. I like fishing. Catching is a bonus. Cleaning is no fun. I normally catch and release, or occasionally bring enough home for a meal.

Slabprowler
10-12-2016, 10:12 PM
Baptize em in the lake of oil ask the blessing over them and dig in! Gota be better than some of the processed stuff we
eat out if the stores.

Ketchn
10-14-2016, 05:50 AM
I tend to think the benefit out weighs the consumption warnings in most cases . That said I read some stuff that says pregnant women and children are the ones that need to adhere to the warnings and suggestions most

NIMROD
10-14-2016, 05:17 PM
Some lakes and rivers have a problem with pollutants or metals . Our state fisheries puts out a list of waters and advises limits on certain waters and fish . Most worry about small kids and pregnant women eating them. Here we only have an advisory on larger Largemouth Bass on my home lake . Why just those as crappie and Catfish eat same Shad ? I knew an old timer that ate only Bass and Catfish real often . Usually bigger ones too . It finally killed him I guess cause he lived way up in his 80's . :rolleyes: