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Gnoza Knows It | Are fish from the Susquehanna River safe to eat?

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Is it safe to eat fish that you catch out of the Susquehanna River?

Yes.

But there are some things to keep in mind in doing that. Now I know hard core fishermen know this stuff, but bare with me.

Way back in the day. Manufacturing plants along major rivers used a compound called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment.

Some it was then dumped into the river, because there were no regulations back in that time.

Well, those PCBs have sat in river beds over the years and have found their way into the food chain.

As a result, there are many regulations on what is safe to eat and how much of it to eat.

Fishing guide John Stygler, of Snagler Tackle Company, says your best bet for eating fish in the Susquehanna is the Walleye. It's safe and it's good.

Meanwhile, the Fish and Boat Commission advises to limit catfish intake to one per month.

That's because they are bottom feeders and are susceptible to picking up those PCBs.

Carp are bottom feeders as well. They're big and ugly. Stygler advises not eating them when you get them in local waters.

Now, I got a couple of quick questions from the newsroom about that poor small mouth bass that had that nasty tumor. That was gross.

But, the State Department of Health you may remember said there is no evidence that cancer in fish presents a health hazard to humans.

Still, if you catch a fish with a sore or lesion, don't eat it.

Fish and Boat Commission regulations only allow catch and release from the Susquehanna for small mouth bass.

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