Fish eating advisories in Nassau County

July 9, 2008 11:13:58 AM PDT
Health officials in Nassau County want people to limit their consumption of fish from some area ponds and lakes because of high chemical levels. The Nassau County Department of Health has identified nine local fresh water ponds and lakes of concern. The advisories are listed below:

  • Ridders Pond, North New Hyde Park: Do not eat Goldfish because of chlordane.
  • Grant Park Pond, Hewlett: Eat no more than one meal of Carp per month because of PCBs.
  • Hall's Pond, Lakeview/W. Hempstead: Do not eat Carp or Goldfish because of Chlordane.
  • Loft's Pond, Baldwin: Eat no more tha one meal per month of Carp or Goldfish because of Chlordane.
  • Upper Massapequa Reservoir, Massapequa: Eat no more than one meal per month of White perch because of Chlordane.
  • Smith Pond, Roosevelt Park: Do not eel and limit eating carp and goldfish to once a month because of Chlordane.
  • Whitney Park Pond, Manhasset: Eat no more than one meal per month of carp or goldfish because of Chlordane.
  • Freeport Reservoir, Freeport: Eat no more than one meal per month of carp because of Chlordane.
  • Smith Pond, Rockville Centre: Eat no more than one meal per month of white perch because of Chlordane.
  • Health officials say women of childbearing age, infants, and children under 15 years of age should not eat any fish from the waters listed above.

    Persons wishing to reduce the chemical content of the listed fish should be sure to properly clean their catch. In addition, remove all skin and cut away all fat along the back, the belly, and the dark vee-shaped fatty tissue which appears along the entire length of the fillet.

    While cooking will not destroy the chemicals, melting away additional fat will reduce the chemical content in the food. Do not consume the drippings. Discard all dripping as they contain greater amounts of chemicals.

    For additional information please contact the New York State Health Department weekdays from 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. at 1-800-458-1158, extension 27815 or on the New York State Department of Health website at: www.nyhealth.gov/environmental/outdoors/fish/fish.htm

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