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Health officials issue annual fish warning

January 9, 2012

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— State health officials are warning people not to eat the fish caught in some Kansas lakes and rivers.

The Wichita Eagle reported that people are being warned not to eat bottom-feeding fish taken from the Arkansas River between the Lincoln Street dam in Wichita and Cowskin Creek near Belle Plaine.

They’re also suggesting that people limit their consumption of any species of fish taken from the Little Arkansas River between Valley Center and the river’s confluence with the Arkansas River in Wichita. A monthly maximum of one eight-ounce serving for adults or one four-ounce serving for children is recommended.

The Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism compiled this year’s consumption advisory.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 3 months ago

If you catch a wall-eyed pike and it has 17 eyes, just throw it back.

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Phoenixman 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't know if the staff is to blame, this was an AP story that was probably just slid into the paper to fill some space. The advisory is posted at most public access locations on the river. Good information.

http://www.kansasriver.org/fisherman-s-corner/fish-consumption-advisory

Friends of the Kaw website has some helpful hints and a brochure developed with help from the EPA.

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smitty 2 years, 3 months ago

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/Fishing/Are-My-Fish-Safe-To-Eat

Kansas recommends not eating specified fish or aquatic life from the following locations:

1.The Kansas River from Lawrence (below Bowersock Dam) downstream to Eudora at the confluence of the Wakarusa River (Douglas and Leavenworth counties) because of PCB levels in bottom-feeding fish (carp, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, freshwater drum, bullheads, sturgeons, buffalos, carpsuckers and other sucker species);........

.......Kansas counties with current fish consumption advisories include: Cherokee, Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties. .....

Does the JW eitorial staff not know how to google the KDHE and get the report for the Kansas River in Lawrence? Hint hint..the staff has been under criticism for the weal and missing local data....maybe this example of poor reporting will help the staff understand even if when the management is lacking.

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