The Arkansas Department of Health is issuing a fish consumption advisory for Lake Ouachita.The Department of Environmental Quality tested fish from the lake and found levels of mercury that pose a potential health risk to humans.The advisory only applies to those eating fish from Lake Ouachita and does not affect swimmers, skiers, boaters, catch-and-release activities, or other recreational uses of Lake Ouachita.Those most at risk include sensitive populations, such as pregnant woman and small children, and people who frequently eat larger fish, such as bass, from Lake Ouachita. The advisory warns that women of childbearing age; pregnant women; breastfeeding women and children younger than 7 should not eat largemouth or white bass that are 13 inches or longer or striped bass that are 25 inches or longer. According to the Department of Health, there are currently 20 bodies of water that are under a mercury in fish advisory in Arkansas. Nationally, all 50 states have fish consumption advisories due to mercury.
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