Fish Consumption Advisory Areas

Do You Really Want to Eat That?

In some areas of the Spokane River, fish are unsafe to eat because of bioaccumulated toxins (primarily PCBs and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, also known as PBDEs). The Washington State Department of Health posts fish eating advisories for the entire state.

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The Spokane River Fish Consumption Advisory ranges from the Long Lake Dam to Idaho Border. The contaminants identified are PCBs, PBDEs, and lead. The advisories are for everyone, but women who are pregnant or might become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children should be especially aware of these advisories. To reduce your exposure to contaminants in fish, follow these advisories, choose fish that are low in contaminants, and prepare and cook fish properly. Women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children should also follow the Statewide Mercury Advisory.

Advice:

  • Idaho Border to Upriver Dam: Don’t eat any fish.
  • Upriver Dam to Nine Mile Dam: Avoid Largescale Sucker and limit all other fish to 1 meal per month.
  • Lake Spokane (Long Lake): Limit Largescale Sucker and Brown Trout to 1 meal per month. Limit Mountain Whitefish to 1 meal per week.

The Idaho Fish Consumption Advisory Program (IFCAP) informs Idahoans about possible contamination of lakes and streams that may affect fish and the humans who eat the fish. When contaminant levels are unsafe, IFCAP may recommend that people limit or avoid eating certain species of fish caught in certain places. IFCAP does this by issuing a Fish Advisory. A fish advisory means that you should be aware of the amount of certain types of fish you should eat; it does not mean that you should stop fishing in a favorite lake or stream.

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