Alabama has one of the highest rates of subsistence fishing in the country. In 2014, the Alabama Department of Public Health issued Fish Consumption Advisories for 75 water-bodies in Alabama. Unsafe fish account for more than 100 of the 230 listings on the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s 303(d) impaired waters listing. Gaining access to this information is difficult, with the advisories buried on Department of Public Health website and on ADEM’s EFile pages. Fisherman without access to the internet have no other options to access the important information.
The Alabama Rivers Alliance is working with Coosa Riverkeeper to support their FISH GUIDE program. FISH GUIDE provides crucial information for fishermen throughout the state about the advisories and their impact, and also provides alternatives for cleaning and preparing the fish from our rivers. Coosa Riverkeeper has also created an easy to access hotline for fisherman to check the advisories in their area.
Click here to read the 2016 Fish Consumption Advisory from Alabama Department of Public Health.
Watch Fisherman’s Right to Know from the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program:
- Improve access to fish consumption advisories by making them more readily available on ADPH, ADEM, and ADCNR websites
- Post consumption advisories at known fishing locations and at all public boat launches and put ins/take outs
- Notify all fishers of consumption advisories whenever fishing licenses are purchased