Texas Mercury Advisories and Bans
The Seafood Safety Division of Texas Department of Health is charged with issuing advisories and bans when a threat to human health may occur from consumption of contaminated fish. Texas has no routine monitoring of mercury in fish, and more advisories may be needed in order to protect health, especially for children and pregnant women. The threshold level for determining mercury advisories, .7 ppm in Texas, also should be tightened in order to protect health.
Fish advisory listings are online at www.tdh.state.tx.us/bfds/ssd/.
You can request additional information, specific fish testing data, and a copy of Fish Advisories and Bans 2004 by calling 512-719-0215.
Mercury Advisories and Bans Include:
- The entire Gulf of Mexico - king mackerel
- Upper Lavaca Bay -ban-illegal to possess any species of fish or crabs from this area
- Lake Pruitt (Black Cypress Bayou) - all fish
- Lake Kimball - all fish
- B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir - largemouth bass, freshwater drum, white bass, hybrid white/striped bass
- Sam Rayburn Reservoir - largemouth bass, freshwater drum
- Big Cypress Creek - largemouth bass, freshwater drum
- Toledo Bend Reservoir - largemouth bass, freshwater drum
- Caddo Lake - largemouth bass, freshwater drum
- Lake Ratcliff - largemouth bass
- Lake Daingerfield - largemouth bass
- Lake Meredith - walleye
This information was obtained from the Texas Department of Health, Seafood Safety Division and is provided courtesy of the SEED Coalition, 611 S. Congress, #200, Austin, Tx. 78704. The SEED Coalition phone number is 512-479-7744. To learn how to become more involved in cleaning up mercury pollution, contact Karen Hadden at karen at SEEDCoalition.org.