Maine anglers keep eating freshwater fish despite ‘forever chemical’ contamination

Mainers don’t have a clear idea of ​​how many so-called forever chemicals are in the freshwater fish they’re eating.

Yet even with the looming threat of expanded consumption advisories to protect public health, many of the state’s anglers continue to eat some of the fish they harvest.

Sammy Muncey, a Registered Maine Guide from Lincoln, didn’t mince words on the subject.

“No concerns. I eat it all year round; never had it affect me in any way,” he said.

Freshwater fish are the latest natural food source in Maine found to be contaminated with perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances. The chemicals, also known as PFAS, have been discovered in well water on and around Maine farms in Fairfield, where even white-tailed deer are now contaminated. But with no state guidance yet in place for the consumption of freshwater fish, and given that most anglers eat modest amounts of them, many feel relatively safe continuing to eat at least some fish taken from Maine waters.

“I’m primarily a catch-and-release fisherman but do keep and eat fish a few times a year,” said Scott Wright of Readfield.

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