State Agencies Issue Advisory for Bayou D’Inde, Portions of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, and the Upper Calcasieu Estuary

Release Date: 11/17/2016

Baton Rouge, La - The Louisiana Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have issued a new advisory concerning fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

For Bayou D’Inde and the Calcasieu Ship Channel between channel markers #31 and #33, state agencies advise the following:

·      Do not eat catfish

·      Do not eat crab fat

·      Limit consumption of other fish and shellfish to two meals per month

For the portion of the Calcasieu Estuary that lies north of channel marker #11 and is not already covered by the Bayou D’Inde/Calcasieu Ship Channel Advisory, state agencies advise the following:

·      Do not eat crab fat

This advisory is in response to recent sampling and analysis of finfish and shellfish and is based on sampling data from 2011-2015. Shrimp, blue crab, oysters and finfish were tested for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and furans. Elevated levels of PCBs, dioxins and furans were found in the tissue (meat/fillet) of some species. Unacceptable levels of PCBs, dioxins and furans were also found in crab hepatopancreas (fat).

This advisory is issued as a precaution. For more information regarding this advisory, contact the Department of Health at 1-888-293-7020 or visit


Click here for an informational brochure entitled Eating Recreationally Caught Seafood in Louisiana: How to Choose, Clean and Cook Your Catch, or call 1-888-293-7020 to request copies of the brochure.