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Whatcom County Health Department

Environmental Health

509 Girard Street

Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 676-6724

Fish Advisory

HEALTH ALERT:  Fish Advisory for Lake Whatcom

Whatcom County Health Department and Washington State Department of Health advise that women of childbearing age and children under age six should:

  • Not eat smallmouth bass caught in Lake Whatcom

Women of childbearing age and children under age six should also limit the amount of Lake Whatcom yellow perch they eat.  Recommended weekly limits for yellow perch are based on body weight:

  • A woman who weighs less than 135 pounds should eat less than six ounces per week.
  • Children under age six should eat less than four ounces per week.  Weekly limits for children under age six range from about one ounce for a child who weighs 25 pounds to 3 ounces for a child weighing 70 pounds.

For additional information on this subject, please visit the Washington State Department of Health  website at