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Monday, July 11, 2011

Pigeon Lake Fish Safe Eating? New Interactive Guide!

Eating Pigeon Lake Fish Information – Free Books Now Available Too!

Update Aug.1 2011 - Now available in Omemee!

Picture of Fish GuideEating Bass and other Ontario Sport Fish? The New online ‘Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish’ helps people determine safe dining amounts of Bass plus other popular fish. This online Guide, also available as a FREE pdf download, or booklet, has a wealth of handy information for both seasoned anglers and those just starting fishing, The  new provincial guide being distributed by our local Health Unit should be essential reading before reeling in the variety of sport fish found in Ontario lakes, streams.

Avoid Contaminated Fish!

‘Fish is a good source of protein, is low in saturated fat, and is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. That is why people are encouraged to eat at least two servings of fish per week,” says Laura Danilko, a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Unfortunately, some sport fish, including those from Ontario, may contain contaminants such as mercury that can be harmful.’

‘Restrictions on consuming certain sport fish are not unique to Ontario,’ Danilko says, adding, ‘Most places in North America have some type of limit for young children, expectant mothers and women who are trying to get pregnant.’

The introductory section of the Guide even includes directions on how to properly prepare fish to avoid containments.

Sensitive Populations Warned

Contaminants can be especially harmful to women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant , as well as children under the age of 15 years. Separate amounts are shown in the Guide’s tables for Sensitive populations and General populations.

‘Scientific studies show that unborn babies and young children can be very sensitive to the contaminants found in some fresh water fish and that exposure to mercury at certain levels can harm an unborn baby and affect a child’s brain development,’ Danilko says.

About the 2011-2012 Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish

The new Interactive Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish www.ontario.ca/fishguide  is also now available in a handy field guide format from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and through HKPR District Health Unit offices. The Guide provides detailed information on sport fish from nearly 2,000 locations in Ontario, and includes the recommended number of fresh water fish that can be safely eaten, tips on choosing fish with the lowest contamination levels, and advice on ways to prepare fish to reduce contaminants.

Get Your Free Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish

Copies of the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish, and an accompanying brochure, can be picked up at any Health Unit office in Port Hope, Lindsay, Haliburton, Campbellford and Brighton. In Omemee, guide books are available at Coronation Hall, 1 King Street West between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Monday to Friday. More information is also available by calling the health Unit toll-free 1-866-888-4577 or the Ministry of the Environment at 1-800-820-2716.

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