Wakulla Dept. of Health: Take precautions when consuming fish from rivers, lakes

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News; Wakulla DOH
February 20, 2018

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Department of Health in Wakulla County is warning citizens to take safety measures when consuming fish from rivers and lakes.

Health officials say fish advisories are currently in effect for Lake Ellen, Lake Renfroe, Otter Lake, Sopchoppy River and the Wakulla River.

Current fish advisories in Wakulla County include recommended consumption limitations or exclusions for Bluegill, Black crappie, Largemouth Bass, Butterfly peacock, Mayan cichlid, Redear sunfish, Redbreast sunfish, Spotted sunfish and Warmouth. The full Fish Advisory Report can be found here.

“Wakulla County is home to some of the best fishing spots in Florida,” said Padraic Juarez, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Wakulla County. “Fish advisories are an important tool to help consumers stay safe while enjoying the beautiful lakes and rivers of our area.”

The Florida Fish Advisory report is produced periodically by the Florida Department of Health in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to alert consumers about the possibility of chemically contaminated fish in Florida waters. The advisory is meant to inform the public of potential health risks of specific fish from specific water bodies.

For more information, visit www.floridahealth.gov.

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