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Fish Advisories in Maryland and Virginia

Date Posted: August 30, 1999

Maryland and Virginia have issued health advisories warning people to limit consumption of channel catfish, greater than 18 inches in length, to no more than one, 8-ounce meal per month, due to PCB concentrations. The advisories also warn against eating carp and eels. The data used to issue the advisories consists primarily of the sampling conducted by the Service's Chesapeake Bay Field Office Environmental Contaminants group on, and around, the Marine Corps Base at Quantico and an On-Refuge study at Featherstone NWR. The advisory covers the tidal Potomac River and creek mouths over a 33-mile stretch of river from Aquia Creek to the District of Columbia. The advisory concludes a long process involving representatives of both states, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Navy, and Marine Corps.

Fred Pinkney (410) 573-4519

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