Pregnant women, kids should not eat smallmouth bass from Abrams Creek or Little River, says TDEC

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced an advisory for smallmouth bass from Abrams Creek and the Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Pregnant women and children are advised to avoid eating smallmouth bass from the portion of Abrams Creek or Little River included in the advisory

The advisory on Abrams Creek extends from its mouth on Chilhowee Reservoir upstream to Abrams Falls. The advisory on Little River begins at the national park boundary upstream of Townsend near river mile 35 and extends upstream to the area called “The Sinks” near mile 41.5.

“We provide these advisories so people can make informed decisions about whether or not to consume fish they catch,” Greg Young, deputy commissioner of TDEC, said. “Precautionary fish consumption advisories are directed to sensitive populations such as children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those who may eat fish frequently from the same body of water.”

Other fish which were tested for mercury did not raise any red flags, but smallmouth bass in Abrams Creek and the Little River had levels that could be considered dangerous.

Mercury levels in smallmouth bass from the Middle Prong Little Pigeon River near Pittman Center were elevated in some fish were also tested but, average levels were below the trigger.

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