SUMMERSVILLE LAKE FISH TAINTED - Consumption Restrictions Issued

(09/23/2010)

A consumption advisory has been issued for black bass, walleye and flathead catfish caught at Summersville Lake because of too much mercury found in the fish.

The advisories were released as part of the 2009 West Virginia Sport Fish Consumption Advisory compiled by the State of West Virginia.

The advisories recommend limiting consumption of all sizes of black bass and flathead catfish caught at Summersville Lake to one meal a month.

Walleye consumption should be limited to six meals per year.

Walleye caught elsewhere, along with sauger and black bass larger than 12 inches, should be limited to two meals per month.

Fish consumption for several West Virginia rivers, including the Little Kanawha, has been constricted for several years because of mercury content and other contaminants.