I don’t know how health departments in Maryland and the District can say that they “strongly discourage eating catfish” from the Anacostia River, as was reported in the April 26 news article “Bay’s smallmouth bass under siege, report says.” There certainly are warnings about eating many species of fish caught locally, but you have to hunt online for them.

If health officials truly wanted to discourage people from eating contaminated fish, they would demand that warnings be printed on the licenses that fishermen are required to purchase. No such warnings, “strong” or otherwise, are there.

John Mathwin, Rockville