Lake Ouachita Fish Consumption Advisory, High Mercury Levels

Aug 12, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Health has issued issuing a fish consumption advisory for bass taken from Lake Ouachita. The advisory comes after fish collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and tested by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality were found to contain levels of mercury that could be a health risk to humans.

The advisory warns that women of childbearing age; pregnant women; breastfeeding women and children younger than 7 should not eat largemouth or white bass that are 13 inches or longer or striped bass that are 25 inches or longer.

Other adults and children older than seven should eat no more than two meals per month of the bass that are longer than those lengths.