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Public Warned Not to Eat Fish from Tamarack Lake in Crawford County
Advisory Remains In Effect for Nearby Pymatuning Reservoir
May 28, 2010
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Harrisburg — The departments of Environmental Protection and Health and the Fish and Boat Commission have issued a “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from Tamarack Lake in Crawford County while officials investigate the cause of a large fish kill in the lake.

A “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory was issued for the neighboring Pymatuning Reservoir yesterday following a series of fish kills there.

Tamarack Lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages Pymatuning State Park and has announced that the park is open and there are no fishing, swimming or boating restrictions in place during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Water samples are being analyzed at the DEP laboratory in Harrisburg, and fish samples are being tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and at Cornell University.

The “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory will remain in place until investigators can complete their analysis of fish tissue samples.

Media contacts:

Tom Rathbun, DEP; 717-787-1323
Eric Levis, Fish & Boat; 717-705-7806
Holli Senior, Dept. of Health; 717-787-1783

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