Quick Answer: Is it safe to eat fish from the Cape Fear River?

Some fish from the Cape Fear River may contain mercury and other contaminants. There is a fish consumption advisory for mercury in fish caught from the Cape Fear River that includes wild-caught catfish, large mouth bass, and striped bass.

Can you eat fish from the Cape Fear River?

“It’s not particularly safe to eat the fish out of the Cape Fear River or the Black River for that matter,” he said. … The N.C. Division of Public Health advises that pregnant or nursing women and children under 15 should not eat fish designated as high in mercury. Everyone else should only eat those fish once a week.

Is the Cape Fear River polluted?

The Cape Fear River is polluted by more than PFAS, including agricultural runoff and coal ash. … “There are multiple factors stressing the systems, and the chemical pollution is one of them.”

Is Cape Fear River safe to swim in?

“Whenever someone says they’re heading to the river to swim, remind them to be extremely careful,” said Erwin police Chief Jonathan Johnson. “Even when the Cape Fear looks calm, it can be dangerous.” Dangerous enough to have claimed more lives than any other river in the state, except in the case of a hurricane.

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Are there sharks in the Cape Fear River?

A two-year study has found mostly juvenile sharks in the river, indicating it could be used as a nursery. WILMINGTON — Yes, there are sharks in the Cape Fear River.

What kind of fish are in Cape Fear?

The Cape Fear River provides good fishing for largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish and American and hickory shad. Spring is the peak season for catching largemouth bass in the river. Largemouth bass up to 8 pounds have been caught in the river but usually range between 1½ to 3 pounds.

What lives in the Cape Fear River?

The Cape Fear River once supported thriving migratory fish populations, including American shad, shortnose sturgeon, Atlantic sturgeon, blueback herring, American eel and striped bass, which had immense ecological, economic, and recreational benefits for the local community.

Why do they call it Cape Fear?

The name comes from the 1585 expedition of Sir Richard Grenville. Sailing to Roanoke Island, his ship became embayed behind the cape. Some of the crew were afraid they would wreck, giving rise to the name Cape Fear.

Who gets water from Cape Fear River?

Roughly two out of every five residents of North Carolina get their drinking water from the Neuse and Cape Fear river basins. Now clean water and public health are threatened by the hundreds of millions of gallons of animal wet waste stored in ponds and tons of dry waste piled adjacent to rivers and streams.

How high is the Cape Fear River?

The Cape Fear River is a 191.08-mile (307.51 km) long blackwater river in east central North Carolina.

Cape Fear River.

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Cape Fear River Tributary to Atlantic Ocean
• coordinates 35°35′48″N 079°03′07″W
• elevation 154 ft (47 m)
Mouth Atlantic Ocean
• location between Oak Island and Bald Head Island

Are there alligators in Lillington NC?

There are no gators or sharks, but there are water snakes.

Is the Cape Fear River fresh or saltwater?

It’s not completely fresh. The water is never completely fresh, but it’s mostly fresh.” That means the river in the Port City is pretty salty, but less so near Castle Hayne. “You don’t find a lot of dead trees up around Castle Hayne,” Burdette said.

Is there a real Cape Fear?

Cape Fear is a coastal plain and Tidewater region of North Carolina centered about the city of Wilmington. The region takes its name from the adjacent Cape Fear headland, as does the Cape Fear River which flows through the region and empties into the Atlantic Ocean near the cape.

How deep is the water around Frying Pan Tower?

Frying Pan Shoals, extending south-southeastward from Cape Fear, are bare in spots near the shore and have general depths of 2 to 12 feet in an unbroken line to a point 10 miles from the cape; for 6 miles farther the shoals are broken with depths ranging from 10 to 20 feet.

Are there great white sharks in NC?

Five Great White sharks swimming in the waters of eastern North Carolina this week. CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE — It’s an apex predator party of sorts off the coast of North Carolina, with five Great White sharks currently swimming offshore. The OCEARCH Shark Tracker shows several familiar faces and some new ones.

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