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April 19, 2014

W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish

CHARLESTON,  W.Va.  (AP)  — West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.

The 2014 West Virginia Sport Fish Consumption Advisory removes limits on consumption of Greenbrier River smallmouth bass and walleye caught in Sum- mersville Lake.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says newer information indicates lower mercury levels in both fish.

A limit on consumption of Shenandoah River smallmouth bass was revised to include all sizes.

The previous limit applied to smallmouth bass longer than 12 inches.

The DHHR says newer infor- mation indicates higher mercu- ry levels in smaller smallmouth bass.

A limit on consumption of Ohio River striped bass hybrid was revised due to  increased  levels of  polychlorinated  biphenyls. The limit is now six meals per year.

The old limit was one meal per month.

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