High mercury and dioxin levels in fish from the Neches River Basin
have prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue a
Six species are named in the advisory which covers the Sam Rayburn
Reservoir, the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir and the stretch of
river between the State Highway 7 bridge west of Lufkin and the Highway
96 bridge near Evadale.
fish with elevated levels of mercury or dioxin can cause illness.
Children under 12 and women who are nursing, pregnant or who may become
pregnant are at special risk for mercury and dioxin in food as these
toxins can affect the nervous systems of unborn and young
childrenSwimming in these waters should not pose a health risk,
Women of childbearing age and children 12 and under should not eat
the following fish: blue catfish longer than 30 inches; flathead
catfish; gar; largemouth bass longer than 16 inches; smallmouth buffalo;
and spotted bass greater than 16 inches in length. Women past
childbearing age and adult men should: not eat smallmouth buffalo; limit
consumption of flathead catfish and gar to one, 8-oz serving per month
and limit consumption of blue catfish, and spotted or largemouth longer
than 16 inches to two 8-oz servings per month.