Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Area Lakes Test Safe

The big area walleye fisheries are healthy, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Fish taken in 2010 from nine of Minnesota’s 10 largest walleye lakes including Mille Lacs, Leech, Winnibigoshish, Cass and Upper Red Lake had levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate that were either very low or undetectable, suggesting those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals.

That is one of the early findings from new data for fish contamination recently received by the Minnesota Department of Health, DNR and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The results of the PFC testing mean that advice on how much fish can be eaten safely from those walleye lakes will not be impacted by PFCs. That’s good news for Minnesotans who like to catch and eat fish from those waters, said Pat McCann, MDH fish advisory program manager.

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