advisories for the lake you fish.
for the fish I catch
Marine Specific Advisories
Why is Fish Healthy for You?
can I prepare and cook fish in a healthy
map below provides statewide,
regional, and water body-specific
information for various fish species.
Click on the county where you
fish for a table that lists the
recommended fish consumption frequencies
for the General Population
and High-risk Individuals
for specific water bodies.
High Risk Individuals:
Includes infants, children, pregnant
women, nursing mothers and women
of childbearing age.
General Population: Includes all
others not in the high-risk category.
PCB advisories for the General Population
are presented in meal frequencies
(for example: one meal per month
or four meals per year).
This range is based on an estimated
1 in 10,000 risk of cancer during
your lifetime from eating fish at
the advisory level. This means that
one additional cancer may occur
in 10,000 people eating fish at
the advisory level for a lifetime.
By using this advisory, you have
the necessary information to make
an informed choice on the number
of meals of fish to consume. You
can reduce your risk further by
eating less than the advisory
meal frequency, however, this
needs to be balanced with the
health benefits of eating fish.
The limits that follow each species
assume that no other contaminated
fish are being eaten. If you eat
more than one species of fish
listed in the advisory, the total
consumption of fish should not
exceed the recommended frequency
as a guideline for consumption.
The best approach is to use the
lowest recommended frequency as
a guideline for consumption. Example:
If you fish Union Lake, you can
eat four meals of white perch
or you can eat one meal of Largemouth
Bass over the course of a month,
but not both.
your specific fishing location
is not mentioned within the advisories,
this does not mean the fish are
free of contamination. Not all
New Jersey waters or fish species
have been tested, and not all
fish species were found in all
locations, or in some cases available
data were insufficient to list
a species for a specific water
If your fishing area is not mentioned
in the guidelines,
follow the statewide advisory
for the listed species or follow
the general freshwater advisory
of not more than one meal per
week for (general Population)
or one meal per month (high-risk
individuals) for freshwaters.
download a copy of the advisories
in there entirety, please click
here to download the report.
Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Manager
East State St., 1st floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 292-7340