Thursday, January 09, 2020

Fish advisories continue
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced the extension of the existing precautionary fish consumption advisory on the Nolichucky River due to mercury levels. In August 2018, TDEC issued a precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the Nolichucky River from Douglas Reservoir upstream to the mouth of Bent Creek. The department pledged to collect additional data to determine if the elevated mercury levels extended any further upstream. The recent action, which is the result of additional studies, expands the advisory to include all black bass species and extends it so that the entire length of the Nolichucky River in Tennessee is included, from Douglas Reservoir to the North Carolina state line. The Department also announced the extension of the fish consumption advisory on the Holston River due to mercury levels. The advisory extends from Poor Valley Creek on Cherokee Reservoir upstream to the North Holston River near Kingsport. It includes both black bass and catfish species. In addition, the advisory for the Holston River upstream of Cherokee Reservoir includes all fish species. TDEC advises that pregnant or nursing mothers and children avoid eating the fish species included in the advisory and that all others limit consumption to one meal per month. Other recreational activities such as boating, swimming, wading, and catch-and-release fishing carry no risk.

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