Concern about protecting the public from possible exposure to mercury from eating fish led to the issuance of nine new fish consumption advisories by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) for bodies of water in Alabama in the following counties: Barbour, Covington, Escambia, Greene, Russell and Shelby. Advisories for three other bodies of water also were modified. All advisories previously issued using Food and Drug Administration guidelines remain in effect for 2009. The quality of water, based upon the levels of contaminants in fish from the waters in Alabama, generally continues improvements made in recent years. The advisories were issued on August 21st.
The ADPH annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. ADEM collected samples of specific fish species from various bodies of water throughout the state during the fall of 2008. ADPH assessed the analytical results to determine whether any of the tested contaminants in the fish could give rise to potential human health effects. Fish consumption advisories are issued for specific bodies of water and specific species taken from those areas. In reservoirs, advisories apply to waters as far as a boat can be taken upstream in a tributary; that is, to full pool elevations.
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