Women and Children Advised to Avoid Certain California Fish

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Fishing may be a favorite pastime for many people, but the State Environmental Health Agency is warning people about which fish they can eat.

At Folsom Lake, FOX40 caught up with a set of twins fishing with their grandfather who is visiting them from the Ukraine.

“We usually catch carp and we eat it. It’s so yummy. The fish we caught the other day was like 10 kilograms, it was catfish and it was gigantic,” said Laura Yaremiy.

But the State Environmental Health Agency says wait a minute, watch what you are eating. Recently, it released the first-ever set of statewide guidelines on “safe” fish to eat from California’s lakes and reservoirs.

“I think if they get poison fish then they can die. It just they’re supposed to say what’s good and what’s bad and my grandpa just knows what we can eat and what we can’t,” said Yaremiy.

The agency advisory on fish states women between the ages of 18-25 and children under 18 should avoid eating bass, carp and brown trout lager than 16 inches because of the risk of methyl mercury exposure has been shown to damage the brain and nervous system.

For more specific details on recent fish advisory go to the State Environmental Health Agency’s website.

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