Image of Big Fish Caught on Roosevelt Island From Yfrog
We see them all the time - people fishing at Lighthouse and Southpoint Park as well as other areas of Roosevelt Island - and wonder do people really eat the fish they catch from the East River?
Image From Fly and Spincasting
Image from Kingfal
... Want to know how much fish is safe to eat from polluted local waters? Good luck.The Daily News randomly checked several fishing areas for warning signs and found:
The Daily News, which reported on Sunday that the plunging economy has forced some New Yorkers to eat fish from polluted local waters, found crucial state health advisories missing from most fishing spots and clinics where officials claim they are available.
"It's shocking," said Hunter College public health expert Jack Caravanos. He wants officials to make sure people know the dangers of cancer-causing PCBs and mercury in local fish.
"The people who need to know about these warnings are not getting the message."...
... The only sign The News found is at Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island - but it is so rusted and weather-beaten it is almost illegible.
"Nobody can read that sign," said angler Rafeal Knipping, 59, who was fishing near the barely decipherable warning.
"They need a big sign advertising the health concerns," he said. "Bring me a poster and I'll paint a sign."
Roosevelt Island Illegible Fishing Advisory Sign From Daily News
Will legible warning signs give people reason to pause before eating fish caught in the river? According to this 2008 story from NY 1 about a Roosevelt Island fisherman:
...Javier Garces comes in from Woodside Queens, looking for striped bass and bluefish.
“It’s a good place to fish,” says Garces. “I catch big fish here.”
And, says Garces, the fish are good enough to eat....