Virginia and North Carolina health officials are advising against consuming walleye fish caught in Lake Gaston because of mercury contamination.
Recent fish-tissue sample results from the North Carolina Division of Public Health show levels of the toxic metal in walleye exceed the amount considered safe for long-term human consumption. Virginia's health department and North Carolina's health director on Wednesday issued an advisory in response.
The Virginia Department of Health is suggesting that people consume two meals a month or fewer of Lake Gaston walleye. The advisory area stretches from John H. Kerr Dam downstream 18 miles to the North Carolina border.