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Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish Consumption Advisories- Fish consumption advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish and shellfish. Instead, they are meant to minimize public exposure to chemical contaminants. (Ben Fertig/IAN Image Library)
Fish consumption advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish and shellfish. Instead, they are meant to minimize public exposure to chemical contaminants. (Ben Fertig/IAN Image Library)

Overview

Fish consumption advisories are public health notices that warn people about the possible health risks associated with eating fish or shellfish from a certain waterway. States and local governments issue fish consumption advisories for rivers and streams when there is concern that locally caught fish could contain chemical contaminants.

What are fish consumption advisories?

Fish consumption advisories are public health notices that warn people about the possible health risks associated with eating fish or shellfish from a certain waterway. These advisories are issued when there is concern that locally caught fish or shellfish could contain mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (or PCBs) or other chemical contaminants. These advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish and shellfish; instead, they are meant to minimize public exposure to contaminants.

Fish consumption advisories can be issued for the general public or for “sensitive” populations (like pregnant women, nursing mothers or children), and can include recommendations to limit the consumption of a certain species of fish or to avoid eating the species altogether.

How can I find a fish consumption advisory near me?

The following links will direct you to the fish consumption advisories currently issued by Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions:

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