State Health Department warns against eating carp from sections of Mohawk River, Erie Canal


Do not eat carp from the Mohawk River or Erie Canal due to high levels of PCBs, according to the New York State Department of Health.

The DOH recently released an updated list of edible fish in the Mohawk Valley, and they said carp is no longer safe to eat for men or women in certain areas of the Mohawk River and Canal. Erie. Carp have high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), officials said.

Polychlorinated biphenyls are listed as highly carcinogenic chemical compounds by the federal government – ​​and the production of PCBs, which were once used in industrial and consumer products, has been banned in the United States since 1978.

Do not eat carp from:

• Feeder Dam 1 on the Mohawk River and Lock E21 at New London and Lock E20 at Whitesboro in Oneida County.

• Between Lock E20 at Whitesboro and Lock E18 at Jacksonburg in Oneida and Herkimer counties.

• Between Lock E18 at Jacksonburg and Fivemile Dam below Little Falls in Herkimer County. Men over 15 and women over 50 can eat one carp meal per month from this location, but boys under 15 and women under 50 should not.

• Between Fivemile Dam, below Little Falls, and Cohoes Falls, in Herkimer, Schenectady, Montgomery, Albany, and Saratoga counties.

A comprehensive guide to which fish are safe to eat and which are not from Mohawk Valley waters is available at


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