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Oregon Anglers-Is this Fish Safe to Eat?

February 27, 2007

At the start of Oregon's spring fishing season, Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning against eating some local fish, particularly those caught in the Willamette River, due to high levels of toxins.

Fishing guide Bob Rees says the reason for the pollution is a loophole in state clean water standards that allows businesses to dispose of some toxins into rivers, creating "toxic mixing zones."

"At the very minimum, people should be allowed access to information that tells them where these toxic mixing zones exist."

The legislature is considering a bill this session that would require businesses to post signs and markers where disposal occurs, since many anglers are unaware of the practice.

Emily Bartha, with the Sierra Club in Oregon says river users need to know what is happening.

"A lot of people don't keep their catch or eat their catch because of the concerns, but a lot of people do. So that's why we're concerned about making people aware of the issue."

Industry representatives argue they are breaking no laws, and the water dilutes the chemicals to safe levels.

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR