New Mexico lifts fishing recommendation for Animas, San Juan rivers

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists say fish caught in sections of the Animas and San Juan rivers are safe to eat.

The catch and release recommendation was put in place after last month’s Gold King Mine wastewater spill in Colorado.

While minor amounts of metal were found in the fish, the chief of fisheries for the department, Mike Sloane, says it is no reason to worry.

“Tissue samples from fish tested revealed trace amounts of metals that are within acceptable levels for human consumption,” said Sloane.

The department will continue collecting and testing species of fish. Collections will be taken again at six months post spill, one year post spill and then annually. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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