Pennsylvania’s hatchery trout receive good report card

Harrisburg, Pa. -– As the 2010 trout season opens next month,
Pennsylvanians are reminded that fishing is a fantastic way to
enjoy the state’s great outdoors and get some exercise with friends
and family. It is also important to remember that fresh trout and
other fish can be an important part of a healthy, balanced
diet.

“Fish are high in protein and are a valuable source of vitamins,
minerals and beneficial oils that are low in saturated fat,” notes
John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission (PFBC). “Trout are especially high in vitamin B-12 and
omega-3 fatty acids, which improve cardiovascular health and brain
development in children.”

To help Pennsylvanians make educated choices about which fish
from the state’s many waters to eat and how often, the Commonwealth
conducts regular sampling and testing of wild fish, as well as
hatchery trout released to Pennsylvania streams. Because exposure
to high levels of various chemicals can increase certain health
risks, this testing enables the Commonwealth to make both general
and specific recommendations. In 2010, tests have shown no need for
additional special guidelines for eating PFBC-raised trout.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American Heart
Association and other nutrition experts recommend eating up to 12
ounces, or 2-3 servings, of fish per week; except for certain large
ocean fish (Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish). As
general guidance, the departments of Health, Environmental
Protection, and Agriculture, along with the PFBC, suggest that
pregnant and breast-feeding women, women of childbearing age and
children can make sport-caught fish the source for one of their
weekly meals of fish.

All sport-caught fish in Pennsylvania are subject to a
one-meal-per-week consumption advisory. In some instances, testing
of wild fish in specific areas suggests they should be eaten less
often, or in rare cases, not at all. Anglers can find these more
detailed recommendations in the Pennsylvania Fishing Summary book
(http://fishandboat.com/bookfish.htm)
issued when a PA fishing license is purchased. The complete and
updated recommendations can also be found on the DEP web site
(www.depweb.state.pa.us), with additional information available on
the PFBC website at http://www.fish.state.pa.us/qpcb2001.htm.

The 2010 Pennsylvania trout season starts at 8 a.m. on April 3
for 18 counties in southeastern and parts of southcentral
Pennsylvania, and on April 17 for the entire state. Anglers can
easily purchase fishing licenses online through the PFBC website
and conveniently print them at home. Gift licenses can also be
purchased. For more details, including information on the location
of great trout fishing waters all over the state, select the link
http://fishandboat.com/fact_fast_trout.htm.

The 18 counties where the season will open on April 3 are:
Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware,
Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery,
Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York.

Also, the PFBC has scheduled the annual Fish for Free Days on
Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, June 6. No fishing license is needed
to fish on either of these days. It’s a great way to introduce
someone to the world of fishing. Remember that all other
regulations apply.

Categories: Pennsylvania – Jeff Mulhollem

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