Limit how many fish you eat from Lake Hartwell, Keowee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – DHEC has issued a fish consumption advisory for S.C. waters, which includes some fish in Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell

Spotted bass in Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell, and large-mouth bass in Lake Keowee have been added to this year’s advisories due to mercury levels found in tissue samples of those fish.

Consumption recommendations for the fish from Lake Hartwell is no more than one meal per month, and no more than one meal per week of the fish from Lake Keowee.

A fish advisory does not mean the water is unsafe for recreational or drinking uses.

Pregnant women, women who might become pregnant, infants, and children should not eat any fish with an advisory.

“Fish caught in the state’s waters are safe to eat if people follow the fish consumption advisory guidelines,” said the chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Water, David Baize. “The advisory helps anglers know what amounts are healthy to eat based on the location and species they are catching.”

You can view the 2016 Fish Consumption Advisory by clicking here.

For questions about fish consumption advisories, call DHEC’s Fish Advisory Hotline toll-free at 1-888-849-7241.

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