Nine environmental groups have petitioned the Alabama Environmental Management Commission to adopt new or revised limits on toxic pollutants in surface waters. These limits are intended to protect human health and aquatic life.
In 1994, the Commission revised existing limits on toxic pollutants for the protection of human health based on a fish consumption study that demonstrated that Alabama anglers consume considerably more fish than most other Americans. The fish consumption rate accepted by the Commission was 30 g/day – a rate reflective of angler consumption of fish caught from reservoirs and tailwaters below dams. However, the study also indicates that the same anglers consume another 15 g/day of fish caught from rivers and lakes. Furthermore, the study does not account for any estuarine fish and shellfish consumption.