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Ospreys eat a total fish diet but they can't read the warnings about PCBs The photo and map on this page and the photograph on the front page of today's Cape Gazette con- nect directly. They show the food chain and they show us that despite the many strides made in recent years in an improved environment, we still have a long way to go before we return to the natural paradise that existed and was enjoyed by native Americans for many cen- turies before arrival of the indus- trial age:  Ospreys, despite their keen eye- sight, don't read PCB warnings. The warning shown here was posted in a joint effort in 1994 by two of Delaware's cabinet level departments. That warning, still posted wherever people fish in waters of Delaware Bay and Riv- er, suggest that we should eat no more than five eight ounce meals per year of striped bass (also known as rock fish) or channel white catfish taken from the wa- ters shown in the shaded area of the map. In the 1960s and 1970s, popula- tions of bald eagles, primarily fish eaters, dwindled as a result of eat- ing fish polluted with the pesticide called DDT. The DDT made their egg shells thin and the eggs couldn't withstand the weight of their mothers trying to incubate them. Environmental laws helped re- verse the effects of DDT and ea- gle populations have been climb- ing in recent years. Scientists have continued to express con- cerns about eagle populations along the shores of the Delaware estuary, however, and in the same breath mention elevated levels of chemical pollutants known as PCBs in Delaware Bay and River sediments. If ospreys are likewise adverse- ly affected by PCBs they must be avoiding catfish and stripers. There are more ospreys building nests and raising famifies around Delaware now than there have ever been before. Of course since ospreys dive on living prey and stripers and catfish tend to stay closer to the bottom, perhaps other fish that Swim closer to the sur- BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney This photograph shows an advisory posted on a bulletin board at the Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier. face make up more of the osprey diet. Eagles, on the other hand, tend to be scavengers and as such may end up eating more dead cat- fish and stripers that end up float- hg. The PCBs are one of the reasons why some groups have expressed concern about the proposed dredging of Delaware Bay and River to accommodate larger ves- sels. Stirring up the smorgasbord of deteriorating chemicals resid- ing in the bottom uxliments of the Delaware estuary - a legacy of decades of thoughtless dumping from one of the world's most in- tense industrial areas - brews vi- sions of a soup toxic to fife. The dried remains of an osprey's meal begin reuniting with nature. CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 25- May.l, 1997. 7 NEW LISTING This Is A Great Time To Sell 8 Somerset Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club. Freshly painted inside anct ou New carp Large living rocun (20x24), wire cathedral ceiling and fireplace. Three bedmonm including a large master bedroom with whirlpool tub. Eat-in kitchen, screened porch and a two car garage. $1S4o0. 16 Hickman St 3W 2/1 - $119,500 57 Delaware - Rehoboth 3/1 - $127,000 6 Bay Road - Rehoboth 2/1 - $108,500 203 Loganberry 3/2- $129,s00 CALL 123 Breezewood Drive 4/2 - $149,900 205 Federal St- Milton s/2- $1sg, soo 13 Bayside Ct. - Dewey 3/'Z- $1S3,000 6 Baystrand - Dewey 4/21/2 - $1,000 8 King St- Camelot 3/I - $16,000 Pierre's Pantry Business - $95,000 114 Coleman Ave. 5 unit apartment building in the heart of Lewes. rented The Happy Salmon Business - $125,000