Don’t Eat The Fish, Texas Health Officials Warn

Neches River (File)

AUSTIN (January 27, 2014) The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a fish consumption advisory Monday for parts of the Neches River Basin including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir after lab tests of fish samples found elevated levels of mercury and dioxins.

Agency officials say the advisory covers six species of fish caught between the State Highway 7 bridge west of Lufkin downstream to the U.S. Highway 96 bridge near Evadale and from both reservoirs.

Women of childbearing age and children were advised not to eat blue catfish larger than 30 inches, flathead catfish, gar, largemouth bass larger than 16 inches, smallmouth buffalo and spotted bass larger than 16 inches.