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Toxins warning issued for fish in Neches, Steinhagen, Rayburn

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From Staff Reports

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory related to the presence of toxins and the consumption of fish from local rivers and lakes.

Within the region, the advisory covers the Neches River from Lufkin to Evadale, along with both Steinhagen Lake (Dam B) and Lake Sam Rayburn.

The advisory said that the concern in those waters is Dioxins and Mercury.

The advisory contained the following warnings:

• Adults should limit consumption of certain fish species as indicated below. Women of childbearing age and children under 12 should not consume the indicated fishes from these waters.

  Smallmouth buffalo: Do not eat.

  Flathead catfish and gar: No more than one eight-ounce serving per month.

  Blue catfish over 30 inches long, largemouth bass over 16 inches and spotted bass over 16 inches: No more than two eight-ounce servings per month.

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