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3/18/2013 3:55:00 PM
State releases 2013 fish consumption advisories
PCB advisory for sensitive populations

Sensitive populations: Women of childbearing age, pregnant women, fetuses, nursing mothers and children younger than 15 years of age.

ILLINOIS RIVER
Headwaters to Marseilles dam
Carp: All sizes, six meals per year.
Channel catfish: Do not eat.
Smallmouth bass: All sizes, one meal per month.
White bass: All sizes, one meal per month.
Marseilles dam to Starved Rock dam
Carp: All sizes, one meal per month.
Channel catfish: All sizes, one meal per month.
White bass: All sizes, one meal per month.
Starved Rock dam to Peoria dam
Carp: All sizes, one meal per month.
Channel catfish: Less than 12 inches, one meal per week; 12-16 inches, one meal per month; 16-18 inches, six meals per year; larger than 18 inches, do not eat.

LAKE DEPUE, BUREAU COUNTY
Carp: All sizes, one meal per month
Channel Catfish: Less than 24 inches, six meals per year. Do not eat fish larger than 24 inches.
White Bass: All sizes, one meal per month.

BUREAU CREEK, BUREAU COUNTY
Carp: Large than 22 inches, one meal per month.
Channel Catfish: Less than 25 inches, one meal per week; larger than 25 inches, one meal per month.

FOX RIVER
Interstate 90 south to Illinois River
Carp: Less than 15 inches, one meal per week; larger than 15 inches, one meal per month.
Interstate 90 to Dayton dam
Channel catfish: All sizes, one meal per week.
Freshwater drum: All sizes, one meal per week.
Below Dayton dam
Channel catfish: All sizes, one meal per month.

ROCK RIVER
Rockford Dam to Milan Steel Dam
Carp: All sizes, one meal per month.
Channel catfish: Less than 16 inches, unlimited meals; larger than 16 inches, one meal per week.
Flathead catfish: Less than 20 inches, unlimited meals; larger than 20 inches, one meal per week.


NT Staff




SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Public Health has released the 2013 consumption advisories for sport fish.

Anglers who vary the type and source of sport fish consumed — opting for younger, smaller fish, and consuming leaner species such as walleye and panfish over fatty species such as the common carp and catfish, and who prepare and cook fish in ways that reduce the amount of contaminants — can limit their exposure to harmful substances.

To reduce PCBs and chlordane in fish:

  • Remove the skin from the fillet and cut away any fatty tissue from the belly and dorsal areas before cooking.
  • Broil, bake or grill in a way that allows fat to drip away.
  • Discard fat drippings or broth from broiled or poached fish. Do not use in other dishes.

These techniques will not reduce the amount of methylmercury. Mercury is found throughout a fish’s muscle tissue rather than in the fat and skin. The only way to reduce mercury intake is to reduce the amount of contaminated fish eaten.

The advisories are based primarily on protecting sensitive populations.

The statewide mercury advisory cautions “sensitive populations” to eat no more than one meal per week of predator fish, which include all bass, flathead catfish, muskellunge, northern pike, saugeye, sauger and walleye.

Women beyond childbearing age and males older than 15 may eat unlimited quantities of predator fish.










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