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Health advisory issued for mercury in Louisiana fish

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The Louisiana Departments of Health, Environmental Quality and Wildlife and Fisheries on Friday issued a series of fish consumption advisories for nine bodies of water. 

Advisories are precautions and are issued when unacceptable levels of mercury are detected in fish or shellfish.

Fish sampling is conducted by the Department of Environmental Quality. LDH uses this data to determine the need for additional advisories or to modify existing advisories. Each advisory lists the specific fish, makes consumption recommendations and outlines the geographic boundaries of the affected waterways.

  • Two O’clock Bayou: From Louisiana Highway 190 in St. Landry Parish to Craft Lake, includes Cowan Bay, Close Lake and Craft Lake. 
  • Bayou des Cannes: From its origin near Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish to where it enters the Mermentau River.
  • Chicot Lake: In Evangeline Parish.
  • Cocodrie Lake: Includes Cocodrie Lake in Evangeline and Rapides parishes.
  • Crooked Creek Reservoir: In Evangeline Parish.
  • Henderson Lake: Includes Henderson Lake, Lake Bigeux, and all waters within the area bounded on the north by the St. Landry/St. Martin Parish Line, on the east by the West Atchafalaya River levee (or Hwy. 3177), on the south by Hwy. 3177 and on the west by the West Atchafalaya Basin levee.
  • Bayou Plaquemine Brule: This area includes Bayou Plaquemine Brule from its origin near Opelousas in St. Landry Parish to where it enters the Mermentau River. 
  • Bayou Queue de Tortue: From its headwaters near Cankton, Louisiana to its confluence with the Mermentau River east of Lake Arthur.
  • Seventh Ward Canal: In Vermillion Parish.

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