Striped bass, bluefish advisory issued

June 3, 2009 3:56:33 PM PDT
Seven East Coast states are advising pregnant women and young children to avoid eating striped bass and large bluefish caught recreationally in state waters because of high PCB levels in the migratory fish. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, nursing mothers and children under 8 should avoid the fish altogether. Everybody else is being warned to limit consumption to four meals a year.

Maine officials say similar advisories are being issued in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Maine's previous bluefish and striped bass advisory was issued in 2000, when people were advised to limit consumption to no more than two meals per month.

to find out about the safety of other fish, including those in our area, go to the EPA's website.

They even list "safe" limits by individual waterway.

RELATED LINK: EPA's website.

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