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Survey Information – Current Advisories, Bans, and Rescinded Orders - Seafood and Aquatic Life Group

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To inform the public of possible contamination of fish and shellfish caught by recreational fishermen in the state, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issues news releases regarding fish consumption advisories and fish consumption bans. Eating fish from an area with a consumption advisory is not illegal, but people should not eat more fish than the amount listed in the advisory. In instances where a serious or imminent threat to public health exists, the DSHS may prohibit the taking of fish and shellfish from an area. Taking fish from a closed area where a fish consumption ban is in effect is a violation of state law, enforced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.



Information on Consumption Advisories, Possession Bans, and Rescinded Orders

Fish and shellfish in several Texas water bodies contain contaminants at levels that, if consumed, may pose a threat to human health. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) tests fish and shellfish tissues from Texas public water bodies for contaminants and informs the public of contamination in fish and shellfish by issuing marine orders, possession bans (closures), and consumption advisories. However, the DSHS does not routinely test fish and shellfish tissues in every Texas public water body for contaminants, nor has the DSHS tested fish and shellfish tissues from every public water body in Texas. The DSHS tests fish and shellfish tissues from Texas public water bodies as resources allow.

Molluscan shellfish defined as oysters, clams, and mussels pose risks that are different from fish and crabs. Because molluscan shellfish are filter feeders and often eaten raw, a program has been developed to protect consumers. Molluscan shellfish harvest areas are classified on shellfish harvest maps. These maps indicate areas that are approved, conditionally approved, restricted, or prohibited for harvest. Approved and conditionally approved harvest areas open or close based on rainfall, river flow, bacteriological results, presence of biotoxins (e.g. red tide), or illness investigations linked to a harvest area. The opening or closing of approved and conditionally approved harvest areas is directed by DSHS through issuance of a marine order. Restricted and prohibited areas are classified as such based on levels of fecal pollution, human pathogens, or contaminants. DSHS issues a marine order to classify areas as restricted or prohibited. Before harvesting molluscan shellfish individuals should have a current shellfish classification map and determine the status of the approved and conditionally approved harvest areas. You may go to our classification map page to see the most current maps or call 512-834-6757. DSHS maintains a 24-hour toll-free phone number (1-800-685-0361) to determine status of approved and conditionally approved harvest areas.

A possession ban prohibits the taking of fish or crabs from a water body where tissue testing indicates the likelihood of a serious or imminent threat to public health. Harvesting fish or crabs from a banned area is a violation of state law enforceable by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. A fish or crab consumption advisory issued by the DSHS recommends limited consumption of fish or crabs from a water body because tests found contaminants in fish or crab tissue at unsafe levels. Eating more fish or crabs than recommended by a consumption advisory may pose a potential human health risk, but harvesting fish or crabs from a water body with a consumption advisory is not illegal. The DSHS periodically tests fish and crabs from water bodies with consumption advisories or bans to reevaluate the extent of contamination in fish and crab tissues and study trends.


Listing of Waterbodies with No Advisories or Bans

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has surveyed several public water bodies in Texas for chemical contaminants in fish and shellfish. Any area that was surveyed from 1993 to the present and found not to have chemical contaminants in concentrations of concern to public health are listed. Not all water bodies have been surveyed.

Waterbodies Sampled by DSHS Where No Fish Consumption Advice Was Issued (pdf 34KB)


Listing of Waterbodies with Advisories

Listing of Waterbodies with Advisories
MAP ADVISORY RISK CHARACTERIZATION
Alan Henry Reservoir (pdf 180KB) Advisory 40 - Alan Henry Reservoir (pdf 25KB) Alan Henry Reservoir 2008 (pdf 774KB)
Arroyo Colorado (pdf 134KB) Advisory 34- Arroyo Colorado (pdf 13KB)
Advisory 19 - Arroyo Colorado (pdf 27KB)
Advisory 6 - Arroyo Colorado (pdf 21KB)
Advisory 5 - Arroyo Colorado (pdf 18KB)
Arroyo Colorado 2006 (pdf 828KB)
Arroyo Colorado 2001 (pdf 682KB)
B A Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 404KB) Advisory 51 - Neches River, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 98KB) B A Steinhagen Reservoir 2010 (pdf 1,084 KB)
Neches River Basin Risk Assessment Summary 2013 (pdf 2,446 KB)
Big Cypress Creek and Caddo Lake (pdf 463KB) Advisory 12 - Caddo Lake, Cypress Creek, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 31KB) Big Cypress Creek (pdf 172KB)
Caddo Lake 2005 (pdf 797KB)
Caddo Lake 1995
(pdf 240KB)
Canyon Lake (pdf 182KB) Advisory 30 - Canyon Lake (pdf 27KB) Canyon Lake (pdf 695KB)
Clear Creek (pdf 244KB) Advisory 37 - 2009 Advisory Clear Creek (pdf 25KB)
Advisory-7- 1993 Advisory Clear Creek (pdf 16KB)
Advisory-21 - 2001 Advisory Clear Creek (pdf 15KB)
Clear Creek (pdf 1.22MB -- Large File)
Clear Lake (pdf 190KB) Advisory 31 - Clear Lake (pdf 24KB) Clear Lake(pdf 565KB)
Daingerfield Lake (pdf 449KB) Advisory 22 - Lake Daingerfield (pdf 20KB) Daingerfield Lake 2001 (pdf 198KB)
East Texas Lakes (Caddo Lake, Cypress Creek, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir) Advisory 12 - Caddo Lake, Cypress Creek, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 31KB)
Advisory 11 - Caddo Lake (pdf 22KB)
East Texas Lakes (pdf 29KB)
Ellison Creek Reservoir (pdf 449KB) Advisory 29 - Ellison Creek Reservoir (pdf 24KB) Ellison Creek Reservoir 2005, Revised February 2007 (pdf 814KB)
Ellison Creek Reservoir Addendum 01, August 2007 (pdf 588KB)
Fosdic Lake (pdf 88KB) Advisory 33 - Fosdic Lake (pdf 41KB)
AL-16 - Fosdic Lake (pdf 37KB)
Fosdic Lake 2005 (pdf 666KB)
Fosdic Lake 2002 (pdf 208KB)
Fosdic Lake 1995 (pdf 18KB)
Galveston Bay (pdf 229KB)


Galveston Bay Estuary – Map 1 (pdf 3779KB)
Galveston Bay Estuary – Map 2 (pdf 571KB)
Advisory 52 – Southern Galveston Bay to Matagorda Bay (pdf 5KB)

Advisory 49 – Houston Ship Channel and San Jacinto River (pdf 80KB)
Advisory 50 – Galveston Bay including Chocolate Bay, East Bay, West Bay, Trinity Bay, and all contiguous waters (pdf 50KB)



Houston Ship Channel and San Jacinto River (pdf 1848KB)
Galveston Bay (pdf 4351KB)
Gulf of Mexico (pdf 168KB) Advisory 48 - Gulf of Mexico (pdf 46KB) Gulf of Mexico 2013 (pdf 353KB)
Northwestern Gulf of Mexico 2012 (pdf 820KB)
Hills Lake (pdf 171KB) Advisory 32 - Hills Lake (pdf 25KB) Hills Lake (pdf 408KB)
Isabell, Lake (pdf 295KB) Advisory 38 - Lake Isabell (pdf 34KB) Lake Isabell July 2009 (pdf 1.12MB, Large File)
Kimball Lake (pdf 265KB) Advisory 16 - Lake Kimball (pdf 20KB) Kimball Lake 1998 (pdf 243KB)
Leon Creek (pdf 241 KB) Advisory 42 - Leon Creek (pdf 17KB) Leon Creek 2007 (pdf 459KB)
Madisonville, Lake (pdf 135KB) Advisory 36 - Lake Madisonvile (pdf 25KB) Lake Madisonville (pdf 527KB)
Meredith Lake (pdf 540 KB) Advisory 24 - Lake Meredith (pdf 19KB) Meredith Lake 2002 (pdf 226KB)
Mountain Creek (pdf 691K) Advisory 44 - Lake Mountain Creek (pdf 27K) Mountain Creek (pdf 1MB)
Neches River (pdf 409KB) Advisory 51 - Neches River, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 98KB) Neches River 2007 (pdf 1.26MB)
Neches River Basin Risk Assessment Summary 2013 (pdf 2,446 KB)
Pruitt Lake-Black Cypress Bayou (pdf 760KB) Advisory 16 - Lake Pruitt - Black Cypress Bayou (pdf 20KB) Pruitt Lake-Black Cypress Bayou 1999 (pdf 308KB)
Ratcliff (pdf 225KB) Advisory 23 - Lake Ratcliff (pdf 19KB) Ratcliff 2002 (pdf 207KB)
Sabine Lake (pdf 688KB) Advisory 46- Sabine Lake (pdf 23KB) Sabine Lake 2011 (pdf 1 MB)
Sam Rayburn (pdf 298KB) Advisory 51 - Neches River, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 98KB) Sam Rayburn 2011 (pdf 292KB)
Neches River Basin Risk Assessment Summary 2013 (pdf 2,446 KB)
Toledo Bend (pdf 522KB) Advisory 12 - Caddo Lake, Cypress Creek, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Steinhagen Reservoir (pdf 31KB) Toledo Bend 1995 (pdf 274KB)
Trinity River (pdf 9808KB) Advisory 43 - Trinity River (pdf 19KB)
Advisory 25 - Trinity River (pdf 19KB)
Trinity River 2008 (pdf 1.11MB)
Village Creek (pdf 263KB) Advisory 39 - Village Creek (pdf 25KB) Village Creek 2009 (pdf 888KB)
Worth Lake (pdf 661KB) Advisory 45 - Lake Worth (pdf 23KB)
Advisory 18 - Lake Worth (pdf 17KB)
Worth Lake 2008 (pdf 1.5MB)

Listing of Waterbodies with Possession Bans

Listing of Waterbodies with Possession Bans
MAP AQUATIC LIFE ORDER (BAN) RISK CHARACTERIZATION
Donna Irrigation System (pdf 536KB ) AL-9 - Donna Irrigation System (pdf 18KB) Donna Irrigation System (pdf 101KB)
Echo Lake (pdf 310KB) AL-11 - Echo Lake (pdf 18KB) Echo Lake (pdf 223KB)
Lavaca Bay - Upper (pdf 636KB) AL-1 - Lavaca Bay - Upper (pdf 47KB)
AL-13 - Lavaca Bay (pdf 16KB)


Waterbodies with Rescinded Orders

Waterbodies with Rescinded Orders
WATERBODY ORIGINAL ADVISORY RESCINDED ORDER Risk Characterization Map
Brazos River ADV-1 (pdf 26KB) ADV-15 (pdf 15KB)

Como, Lake AL-10 (pdf 20KB) AL-15 (pdf 20KB) Lake Como RC (pdf 681KB) Lake Como Map (pdf 199KB)
Cox Bay AL-1 - Lavaca Bay - Upper (pdf 47KB) AL-13 - Cox Bay (pdf 16KB)

Martin Creek Rerservoir, Brandy Branch Reservoir, and Welsh Reservoir ADV-4 (pdf 28KB) ADV-27 (pdf 18KB)

Neches River ADV-2 (pdf 26KB) ADV-13 (pdf 15KB)

Town Lake ADV-0 (pdf 30KB) ADV-17 (pdf 14KB)

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Last updated April 02, 2014