Eat Safe Fish guidelines issues

LANSING — As part of the state of Michigan’s effort to address the emerging contaminant, perfluoroalkyl and polyflouroalkyl substances, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued Eat Safe Fish guidelines for fish caught in certain waters in the state, including Silver Lead Creek in Marquette County.

Fish in these water bodies were tested as a result of the state’s PFAS effort, but mercury testing was included as all fish have some amount of mercury. The guidelines are set to be protective for everyone, including children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, and protective for people with existing health problems. A MI Serving for adults is 6 to 8 ounces of fish, while for children, a serving is 2 to 4 ounces of fish.

Brook trout from Silver Lead Creek were collected this year, with the filets tested for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, polychlorinated biphenyls and mercury. The recommended MI Servings per month is two.