Catfish, crab advisory issued in Southwest Louisiana, LDWF says

PCB, dioxin, furan levels high in some tissues tested

High PCB levels in some tissue samples prompted several state agencies to issue a precautionary advisory concerning the consumption of fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

According to a release, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins and furans were found in the tissue of some species and unacceptable levels of PCB, dioxins and furans were found in crab fat.

For Bayou D’Inde and the Calcasieu Ship Channel between channel markers 31 and 33, state agencies advise the following:

·      Do not eat catfish

·      Do not eat crab fat

·      Limit consumption of other fish and shellfish to two meals per month

For the portion of the Calcasieu Estuary that lies north of channel marker 11 and is not already covered by the Bayou D’Inde/Calcasieu Ship Channel Advisory, state agencies advise the following:

·      Do not eat crab fat

For more information, contact DHH at 1-888-293-7020, or click here.

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