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Fish Consumption Advisory

2018 Kansas Fish Consumption Advisory
2017 Missouri Fish Consumption Advisory

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Kansas Department of Health and Human Services 2018 Advisory 

Site specific advisory on the Kansas River

Decrease in level of PCBs in the Kansas River leads to modification of Kansas River Fish Consumption Advisory

Kansas has modified fish consumption advisories for portions of Cow Creek, the Kansas River, and Little Arkansas River because of decreased levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in bottomfeeding fish fillet samples collected in recent years.

Kansas recommends restricting consumption of bottom-feeding fish to one meal per week from the following location because of PCBs: The Kansas River from Lawrence (below Bowersock Dam) downstream to Eudora at the confluence of the Wakarusa River (Douglas and Leavenworth counties.

Statewide advisory

Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass (black bass)

  • Kansas recommends women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing and children under the age of 17 restrict consumption of these species to one 8-ounce meal per month for adults or one 4-ounce meal per month for children under the age of 12 because of mercury.
  • Kansas recommends all adults restrict consumption of these species to one 8-ounce meal per week because of mercury.

General advice for eating locally caught fish in Kansas

  • Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing and parents of children under twelve years of age may wish to consult with their physician about safe levels of fish consumption and mercury exposure. This sensitive group should restrict their total mercury intake as related to both supermarket fish and locally-caught species. Kansas recommends that this sensitive group restrict consumption of locally-caught fish, from waters not specifically covered by an advisory, to one 8-ounce meal per week for adults or one 4-ounce meal per week for children.
  • People who regularly consume locally caught fish (more than one meal/week) can reduce their mercury intake by limiting their consumption of large predatory fish such as largemouth bass, walleye and wiper. Larger/older fish of all types are more likely to have higher concentrations of mercury.
  • Available data comparing contaminant levels in whole fish versus fillets indicate that higher concentrations of PCBs and some other fat soluble contaminants are associated with whole fish. Kansas recommends avoiding the consumption of parts other than fillets, especially when eating bottom feeding fish.
  • Consumers can reduce their ingestion of fat soluble contaminants such as PCBs by eating fillets only, trimming fat from fillets, and cooking in a manner in which fat drips away from the fillet.
  • In water bodies where advisories or warnings related to harmful algae blooms have been applied, fish should be consumed in moderation and care taken to only consume skinless fillets. Avoid cutting into internal organs, and as a precaution rinse fillets with clean water prior to cooking or freezing.
  • Fish within or immediately downstream of large urban/industrial areas and wastewater outfalls are more likely to contain traces of chemical contaminants. Kansas recommends avoiding daily fishing in these areas.


Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 2017 Advisory 

Site Specific Advisories for the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers
  • One meal per month: shovelnose sturgeon fish tissue (excluding eggs) due to PCBs and chlordane
  • Do not eat: sturgeon eggs due to PCBs and chlordane
  • One meal per week: flathead, channel, and blue catfish greater than 17” due to PCBs, chlordane, and mercury
  • One meal per week: common carp greater than 21 inches due to PCBs, chlordane, and mercury
Site Specific Advisories for the Blue River (from Minor Park to the Missouri River in Jackson County extending up Indian Creek to Holmes Road)

One meal per month: common carp and catfish for all sizes due to chlordane and PCBs

Statewide Advisory

Because all fish have various levels of mercury, EPA recommends sensitive populations consume no more than one (1) fish meal per week from areas where no other advisory is present.

Missouri advises pregnant women, women of childbearing age, nursing mothers, and children under 13 years old to restrict consumption of largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, and walleye > 12”, and flathead, channel, and blue catfish > 30” to one meal per month.