Do you fish in the Columbia Slough?
Eating fish is good for you and is an excellent source of protein. However, fish in the Columbia Slough may contain contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and pesticides that are harmful to eat. Contaminated fish do not look or act sick.
The Oregon Health Authority recommends limiting how much you eat in order to protect yours and your family's health.
For nearly all resident fish, the health authority recommends eating only one fillet meal each month for all fish caught in the slough.
The health authority revised this advisory in 2022 for resident fish from the Columbia Slough (from Kelley Point Park to Blue and Fairview lakes). Resident fish are those fish that live their whole lives in the slough and are exposed to contaminants in the sediments throughout their lifetime. As a result, they have higher amounts of contaminants in them.
Learn more here about:
- The health risks of eating fish from the Columbia Slough.
- Which fish are included in this advisory.
- How you should prepare your fish to reduce your risk.
- Where can you get more information.
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