Mississippi Fish Tissue Advisories and Commercial Fishing Bans July 2011

Waterbody
Chemical
Date Issue ACTION
Little Conehoma and Yockanookany River in Attala and Leake Counties. From Hwy 35 near Kosciusko, downstream to Hwy 429 near Thomastown.
PCB's


June 1987


Consumption Advisory All Species Commercial Fishing Ban

Lake Susie, Oxbow Lake of Old Tallahatchie River in Panola County West of Batesville
PCB's
November 1989Same as above

Escatawpa River from Alabama state line to I-10
Mercury
May 1995Limit Consumption Advisory for largemouth bass large catfish (>27in)*

Bogue Chitto River, entire length in Mississippi
Mercury
May 1995Same as above


Yockanookany River, entire length
Mercury
May 1995Same as above

Pearl River from Hwy 25 near Carthage, downstream
to the Leake County Water Park.
Mercury
June 2001Same as above

Enid Reservoir
Mercury
May 1995Same as above


Yocona River from Enid Reservoir downstream to the confluence with the Tallahatchie River
Mercury
September 1996Same as above


Pascagoula River, entire length
Mercury
September 2001Same as above

Archusa Creek Water Park
Mercury
September 2001Same as above

Grenada Lake and Yalobusha River from the dam downstream to Holcomb
Mercury
June 2001Same as above


Mississippi Delta-all waters from the mainline Mississippi River Levee on the West to the Bluff
hills on the East, except for waters listed below.

These waters have been removed from the Delta Fish Advisory
  • Steele Bayou (Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, and Washington Counties)
  • Black Bayou (Washington County)
  • Bee Lake (Holmes County)
  • Recon Lake (or Rainey’s Lake - Bolivar County)
  • Charlie Capps Lake (Bolivar County)
DDT
and
Toxaphane
July 2001Limit Consumption Advisory for carp, buffalo, gar, and large catfish(>22in.)****

Gulf of Mexico
Mercury
May 1998King Mackerel <33 "- no limit. 33-39" limit consumption ***
>39"-do not eat

Legend to Advisories and Fishing Bans
*The Mississippi State Health Department recommends that people limit the amount of bass and large catfish that they eat from these areas, because of high levels of mercury in the fish. Children under seven and women of child bearing age should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two months. Other adults should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two weeks.

** Precautionary advisory issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

***The Mississippi State Health Department recommends that people limit the amount of 33-39" King Mackerel they eat form the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Children under seven and women of child bearing age should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two months. Other adults should eat no more than one meal of these fish every two weeks.


****The Mississippi Department of Health recommends that people limit their consumption of these fish to no more than one meal every two weeks.

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