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)
- Fish Consumption Advisory Booklet
- Updated and mailed out statewide every year
- To order a free advisory booklet, click here for more information.
- Fish Consumption Advisory Website
( www.scdhec.gov/fish )
- Updated every year
- 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