Mercury in Local Fish from the East Fork Stones River Result in Advisory from State
Category: News Release
Mar 15th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 485
Modified Mar 15th, 2019 at 5:36 PM
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced a precautionary fish consumption advisory for bass species in a portion of the East Fork Stones River in Rutherford County.
“Because eating fish with elevated levels of mercury is a risk Tennesseans can avoid, we provide this information so that the fishing community can make informed choices about whether or not to consume the fish they catch,” said Jennifer Dodd, director of the Division of Water Resources for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The advisory is the result of fish tissue sampling at multiple stations in the summer and fall of 2018, which indicated that in species such as smallmouth bass and largemouth bass, mercury trigger points recommended by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration are being exceeded.