Friday, January 7, 2011
DHEC Warns Against Eating Fish from Catawba River System
The fish in these waters are polluted with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), a cancer-causing material. These materials were once used in industrial settings but were banned by the federal government decades ago. Unfortunately the materials remain in the envirnonment and fish can accumulate PCBs.
DHEC's warning means people should not eat more than one meal of fish per week from this water source. They also warned that largemouth bass and bowfin (mudfish) have higher concentrations of PCBs than do catfish or bream.
PhotoByBrianCope: Mike Spinks shows off a buzzbait bass from Lake Wateree, one of the Catawba River System lakes.