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Fish Advisories
Fish Consumption Advisories

The Fish Consumption Advisory Program


Fish are collected and analyzed each year from:

  • Major rivers and streams
  • Major lakes and reservoirs
  • Estuarine and off-shore species

SC DHEC has issued fish consumption advisories since 1976.

How does DHEC determine if a waterbody should have a Fish Consumption Advisory?

  • DHEC tests fish from lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries, and offshore waters all over South Carolina.
  • All samples are tested for certain chemicals to see if the fish are contaminated.
  • DHEC analyzes the data and then issues fish consumption advisories where contaminated fish are found.
  • Note: Saltwater fish samples are collected through a cooperative effort with SCDNR
  • Click here to learn about DHEC's recommendations for those at-risk.

The Advisory Process

(From collection of fish to informing the public about the advisories)

Advisory is born



  • Fish Consumption Advisory Information Line
    • DHEC maintains a toll-free information line for the Fish Consumption Advisory program.
    • The toll-free number is usually directed into a message box where your call will be returned as soon as possible during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm).
    • You can call with one or more of the following issues:
      • To ask a question concerning the fish consumption advisories
      • To report a sign missing at one of the public boat landings
      • To make a comment or suggestion concerning the fish advisory program
  • Presentations to the public

Bureau of Water . Phone: (803) 898-4300 . Fax: (803) 898-3795 . Contact Us