Is it safe to eat fish out of the Tennessee River?

Is it safe to eat fish out of the Tennessee River?

Is it safe to eat fish out of the Tennessee River?

The Department recommends that residents and visitors continue to eat fish from Tennessee rivers and reservoirs, but they should also follow the published advisories on consumption hazards in individual reservoirs. ... In the sediment, they become part of the aquatic food chain and, over time, concentrate in fish tissue.

Is it safe to eat fish in Tennessee?

  • The Department recommends that residents and visitors continue to eat fish from Tennessee rivers and reservoirs, but they should also follow the published advisories on consumption hazards in individual reservoirs. Approximately 194,987 reservoir acres and 547 river miles are currently posted due to contaminated fish.

What kind of fish can you catch in Tennessee?

  • Precautionary advisory for smallmouth bass and channel catfish.* Entire length in Tennessee from Douglas Reservoir to North Carolina state line (99.21 miles). Precautionary advisory the entire length within Tennessee for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted).

Where are black bass in the state of Tennessee?

  • Precautionary advisory the entire length within Tennessee for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted). Precautionary advisory for channel catfish in the lower portion from Douglas Reservoir to the mouth of Bent Creek at river mile 14.9.*

Can you eat catfish in the Little River embayment?

  • Commercial fishing for catfish prohibited by TWRA. No catfish or largemouth bass over two pounds should be eaten. Do not eat largemouth bass from the Little River embayment.

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