New fish warning signs to be posted

July 9, 2009 3:34:41 PM PDT
The city will install 250 new signs warning of the dangers of eating locally caught fish. Casting his line into New York harbor, Charles Cumbo is hoping to catch whatever is biting. Striped bass, Bluefish, Fluke.

He like many other fisherman will sometimes eat what he catches.

New signs could go up in an effort to reinforce the state health warnings, which suggests pregnant woman and children not eat the fish and eels caught in New York City waters. It would also provide information telling others to limit the amount.

The city's parks and health departments are installing the signs which first went up two years ago.

In some areas, like Vanlentino Pier the signs were missing so the parks department has put up new ones.

Betsy Gotbaum, the city's public advocate is also preparing legislation that would take the health warning beyond the signs. "We also need to do public education for people who catch and eat fish."

Bill Grimes, who is more of a sports fisherman and doesn't eat the fish, believes the signs are at least helpful. "If there is something they should know, of course it's a good idea," he said.


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