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Alaska Fish and Game restricts fishing to catch-and-release only for Piledriver Slough and Moose Creek

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 4:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be restricting fishing in Piledriver Slough and Moose Creek to catch-and-release only beginning Thursday, April 1st.

The catch-and-release restrictions will apply to all fish species, and anything caught in Piledrive Slough or Moose Creek must be released.

According to Fish and Game, several water bodies in and around the Eielson Air Force Base groundwater contamination plume have had surface waters tested that exceeded EPA and DEC drinking water action levels of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for the sum of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) since 2019.

Fish caught in Piledrive Slough, Moose Creek, Kimberly Lake, and Polaris Lake have been found to be contaminated with these substances.

For more information on groundwater and surface water contaminants for the Piledriver Slough and Moose Creek area, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

Data from fish collected at Piledriver Slough and Moose Creek is available on DEC’s Environmental Health Division, Fish Monitoring Program website.

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