Federal Agency Warns Against Eating Fish From Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal agency says people should not eat the fish or crabs caught in Pearl Harbor because of contaminants in the bay.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry tested tilapia, goatfish, mullet and blue-clawed stone crabs caught in Pearl Harbor.

It says a person who ate two-and-a-half meals of Pearl Harbor fish a week and three Pearl Harbor crab meals a month would have high enough levels of polychlorinated biphenyls - or P.C.B.'s - to cause concern.

The finding backs a 1998 state Department of Health warning that people should not eat fish from Pearl Harbor.

P.C.B.'s were once widely used to insulate electrical equipment.

The government banned their production in 1979 because of studies linking them to cancer and other health problems.