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"Do Not Eat" Advisory Issued For Fish In Stretch Of Clark Fork

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MISSOULA -

Fishermen can't eat some of their catch from areas of the Clark Fork River due to contamination.

A "do not eat" advisory is issued for all northern pike and a "four meal per month" limit is set for rainbow trout caught on a 105 mile stretch below the former Smurfit-Stone mill. It covers from the Clark Fork's confluence with the Bitteroot River near Missoula to the river's confluence with the Flathead River near Paradise.

The advisory was issued in response to contamination investigations near the mill site. Research shows contaminants including dioxins, furans, and PCB's in the fish.

"If this is a stretch of river that you've been fishing in, have consumed fish, whether these rainbow trout of pike, or maybe other species not a reason to panic but just a reason as you move forward to follow this advisory," said Vivica Crowser with FWP.

FWP officials said other species of fish have not been studied.

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