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Click on the Lake I Fish
See advisories for the lake you fish.

Click on the Fish I Catch
Advisories for the fish I catch

Marine Advisories
Marine Specific Advisories

Eating Fish is Healthy
Why is Fish Healthy for You?


Prepare\Cook Fish & Shellfish
How can I prepare and cook fish in a healthy way?


Follow statewide and regional fish consumption recommendations to reduce exposure to Dioxin, PCBs and Mercury*

For all freshwater fish without specific advisories, EAT NO MORE THAN:

** High Risk is defined as infants, children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women of childbearing age.

Dioxin, PCBs and mercury may pose greater risk to babies and young children. For this reason it is important for women who are pregnant, or might become pregnant, breastfeeding women, and young children to follow the recommendations found on this page to reduce exposure.

Note: To reduce your exposure, eat those fish with the lowest meal restrictions. Do not combine meal restrictions. (For example, if you eat multiple fish species or catch fish from more than one area, the recommended guidelines for different species and different locations should not be combined.)

* There are additional warnings for these and other fish in specific Waterbodies click here for information by fish species.

Newark Bay Complex

Blue Claw Crab

Coast
Inland
Pinelands

American Eel

General Population
4 meals/ year

High Risk Population
DO NOT EAT


Bluefish
greater than 6lbs./24"

General Population
6 meals/ year

High Risk Population
DO NOT EAT

Bluefish
less than 6lbs./24"
Striped Bass
General Population
1 meal/ month

High Risk Population
DO NOT EAT

American Lobster
General Population
& High Risk

DO NOT EAT GREEN GLAND
(tomalley or hepatopancreas)
Largemouth Bass

Chain Pickerel

Smallmouth Bass

General Population

1 meal/ week

High Risk Population
1 meal/ month

Sunfish
(Includes bluegill, pumpkinseed & redbreast sunfish)

Yellow Bullhead

General Population
No Restrictions

High Risk Population
1 meal/ month


Brown Bullhead

General Population

No Restrictions

High Risk Population
1 meal/ week
Largemouth Bass
Chain Pickerel


General Population

1 meal/ month

High Risk Population
DO NOT EAT


Brown Bullhead

Yellow Bullhead


General Population
1 meal/ week

High Risk Population
DO NOT EAT

Sunfish
(Includes bluegill, pumpkinseed & redbreast sunfish)

General Population
1 meal/ week

High Risk Population
1 meal/ month
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