Edible poison guide thoughtfully provided by AZ agency


Have you been wondering about the proper amount of toxic mercury and pesticides you can consume and feed your family before suffering irreversible kidney, lung and central nervous system damage?

If so, you’re in luck. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued a two-page mercury-contamination advisory for fish in Roosevelt Lake and Lake Pleasant. The advisory covers largemouth bass in both lakes, along with channel catfish in Roosevelt Lake.

Mercury is toxic in high doses and can damage vital organs and the central nervous system. Children and pregnant or nursing women are at higher risk and are advised not to eat any fish from the lakes. Fortunately, you can still serve your older children and non-childbearing age female adults about one 8-ounce meal per month.  Those treasured men in your life can eat two such meals per month.


Other fish in the lakes are not affected, according to the ADEQ report. Arizona Game and Fish Department has its own guide.


7 Responses to Edible poison guide thoughtfully provided by AZ agency

  1. Ellsworth says:

    This guide is absurd! What a bunch of dufises (dufi?) they have at ADEQ. If the contaminate levels are high enough to strictly limit intake, why would anyone want to eat these fish or serve them to family and firends. These guidelines are a joke!

  2. Bill says:

    This just pertains to largemouth bass? WHy only them when the crappie, catfish, trout, and whatever else is swimming in that lake swim thru the same waters?

  3. Lou D. Chris says:

    Bass and catfish. Both species live pretty long, and therefore have a long time to accumulate mercury from their food sources. I don’t think the mercury is absorbed by the gills, but through diet. So, different fish with different diets equals different levels of mercury.

    Recently 10ppb of arsenic became the new standard of what was considered safe for drinking water. That’s a safe level even if you drink a gallon a day forever. So if 10 is safe for something you drink a gallon of, how much arsenic can you really handle in a month?

    What do the water companies do when they have water with 20ppb of arsenic? Dilute it with equal amounts of water with zero. This freaks out a lot of people who want to drink the zero water, but they can’t get it.

    What’s actually remarkable is that there’s a special device that can be used to remove toxins from an environment like a lake that has been polluted. It’s called a fish.

  4. Lou D. Chris says:

    I forgot to make my point. What should be happening, in the interest of public health, is that people should willingly eat the fish, not refrain from eating it. If they refrain, the pollution problem gets worse. They stop fishing, or catch and release, and the fish get older and bigger and way more toxic. So the right thing to do, environmentally speaking, is not catch and release but catch and eat.

    Somehow the enviro-leftists never seem to bother with this kind of logic.

  5. Salamander says:

    “If so, you’re in luck.” So which branch of your family tree is Henny Youngman on?

  6. Kelly says:

    Lou: I’m not interested in “handling” any arsenic in my fish, thank you very much. I do not chose to be the filter that cleans up the lakes, either. Otherwise you provided some very interesting information.

  7. Lou D. Chris says:

    Now I apparently just failed to make my point. Kelly, you already are the “filter” that “handles” the arsenic.