Is it safe to fish & eat fish in waters with a HAB?
Is it safe to fish in waters with a HAB?
It is best to avoid direct contact with waters affected by a HAB. If you choose to fish in affected waters, wear protective clothing such as gloves or waders, and wash your hands thoroughly with clean water.
Is it safe to eat fish in waters with a HAB?
There have been no reports of people becoming sick from eating fish caught during a bloom. Information about the risk of eating fish from affected waters is limited. However, fish fillets are less likely to accumulate toxins compared to other parts of the fish. If you decide to eat fish from affected waters:
- Remove the skin, organs, and fatty deposits from the fish
- Avoid cutting into organs
- Rinse the fillets with clean water before cooking
- Remember to follow Idaho Fish Consumption Advisory recommendations when choosing to eat fish