Consumption Advisory Issued for Some Fish in Applegate Lake
Oregon Health officials are issuing a fish consumption advisory on certain species from Applegate Lake, 30 miles southwest of Medford, due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue from the lake.
Mercury can build up in resident fish that live in one place their entire life. Negative health effects can occur if a person eats too much contaminated fish.
Here are specific consumption recommendations for Applegate Lake.
Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children should eat no more than two meals per month of large and small mouth bass and yellow perch, and no more than four meals per month of bluegill and crappie.
Men and women beyond child bearing age should eat no more than five meals per month of large and small mouth bass and no more than 13 meals per month of panfish, such as crappie and bluegill.
If the maximum amount of fish covered by an advisory is eaten in a month, do not consume any more of these fish during that month. A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand.
The Oregon Health Authority does not know how long the advisory will last but encourages the citizenry to keep fish on the table as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are good choices.