Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Yes, the quality of fish in Georgia is good.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has one of the most progressive fish testing programs in the southeast. This is not because Georgia has highly contaminated fish, but because the DNR has made a serious commitment to evaluate fish quality and provide detailed information to the people of Georgia. Review and comparison of data collected nationally on fish tissue contamination that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has assembled shows that the quality of fish in Georgia is similar to that in surrounding southeastern states.
A variety of different fish species were tested for 43 separate contaminants, including metals, organic chemicals, and pesticides. Many of these contaminants did not appear in any fish. However, two contaminants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury, were frequently detected in significant amounts in a few species from some bodies of water in Georgia. Three additional contaminants, chlordane, DDT residues (DDE/DDD), and dieldrin were also detected infrequently.