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State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has found that blue claw crabs from the Newark Bay region are contaminated with harmful levels of dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Eating blue claw crabs from this region may cause cancer and harm brain development in unborn and young children. Fish consumption advisories in this region for blue claw crabs are DO NOT CATCH! AND DO NOT EAT!

The Newark Bay region is composed of Newark Bay, the Hackensack, Passaic, Elizabeth and Rahway Rivers and the Arthur Kill and Kill Van Kull. Please see the right side of this page for towns in the Newark Bay Region.

Towns in the Newark Bay Region

Arthur Kill / Kill Van Kull

Bayonne, Carteret, Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Newark, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge

Elizabeth River

Elizabeth, Hillside, Union

Hackensack River

Bogota, Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Hackensack, Jersey City, Leonia, Little Ferry, Moonachie, New Milford, North Bergen, Oradell, Paramus, Ridgefield Park and Borough, River Edge, Secaucus, South Hackensack, Teaneck

Newark Bay

Bayonne, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark

Passaic River

Belleville, Clifton, Garfield, Harrison, Kearny, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Newark, North Arlington, Nutley, Passaic, Paterson, Rutherford, Wallington

Rahway River

Carteret, Clark, Rahway

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is committed to protecting your health and has launched a public awareness campaign. We are partnering with local and county health departments, community-based organizations, municipal governments, schools, conservation organizations and various other civic organizations throughout the Newark Bay region.

People found catching and eating crabs, in this region, are subject to a fine from
the State of New Jersey. Fines range from $100 to $3,000 for the first offense
(NJAC 7:25-14, 18A).

For more information call toll free 1-866- DEP-KNOW.

 

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Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Manager
428 East State Street
P.O. Box 409
Trenton, NJ 08625

Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 777-2852


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