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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?


SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL (1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
STRIPED BASS
One meal per month
Do Not Eat
BLUEFISH
(greater than 6 lbs/24 inches)
Six meals per year
BLUEFISH
(less than 6lbs/24 inches)
One meal per month
AMERICAN EEL
Four meals per year
AMERICAN LOBSTER
Do Not Eat the Green Gland (a.k.a., Tomalley or Hepatopancreas)
 ESTUARINE & MARINE WATERS
NEWARK BAY COMPLEX
Including Newark Bay, tidal Hackensack River, Arthur
Kill, Kill Van Kull and tidal tributaries.
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
Blue Crab*
Do not eat or harvest (5)
Striped Bass*
Four meals per year
Do not eat
American Eel*
Do not eat
White Perch
White Catfish
One meal per year

TIDAL PASSAIC RIVER
From the head of tide at Garfield to Newark Bay and all tidal tributaries

SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
All Fish & Shellfish*
Do not eat
Blue Crab*
Do not eat or harvest (5)
HUDSON RIVER
From the NY - NJ borderline (near Alpine, NJ) downstream to the NY-NJU borderline on the Upper New York Bay (at Bayonne, NJ)
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
Striped Bass*
Four meals per year
Do not eat
American Eel*
One meal per year
White Perch
Winter Flounder
One meal per month
White Catfish
Do not eat
Blue Crab
One meal of 7 crabs per week
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas);
Discard cooking liquid
RARITAN BAY COMPLEX
Includes the Raritan Bay, tidal Raritan River (to Rte. 1 bridge) and the tidal portions of all tributaries.
*See below for White Perch and White Catfish for the Raritan River and South River.
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
 American Lobster
One meal per week
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas)
Discard cooking liquid
Weakfish
One meal per month
Do not eat
Striped Bass
Winter Flounder
One meal per month
Porgy
American Eel
One meal per year
Do not eat
Summer Flounder
One meal per week
White Perch (See below South River)
One meal per year
Do not eat
Blue Crab
One meal of 7 crabs per month
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas);
Discard cooking liquid
RARITAN RIVER - SOUTH RIVER
(tidal portion) upstream of Route 35 Bridge and tidal South River
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
  White Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
White Perch
SANDY HOOK BAY & LOWER BAY
 Summer Flounder
One meal per week
BARNEGAT BAY AT MANAHAWKIN BAY
Weakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
BARNEGAT BAY AT TOMS RIVER
Striped Bass
No restrictions
One meal per month
ATLANTIC OCEAN - SANDY HOOK TO SEA BRIGHT
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
One meal per week
ATLANTIC COASTAL TRIBUTARIES
Navesink River, Shrewsbury River, Shark River, Toms River & Mullica River
  American Eel
One meal per month
ATLANTIC OCEAN
Sea Isle City to Cape May
 Weakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
LOWER DELAWARE RIVER - TIDAL SECTION
Trenton downstream to the Delaware/Pennsylvania border, including all tributaries to the head of tide. See all Lower Delaware Advisories
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
Largemouth Bass
One meal per month
Do not eat
Hybrid Striped Bass
No restrictions
One meal per week
American Eel
One meal per year
Do not eat
Channel Catfish
White Catfish
One meal per month
Striped Bass
Four meals per year
White Perch
DELAWARE RIVER - CROSSWICKS CREEK
White Perch
One meal per month
Channel Catfish
One meal per month
DELAWARE RIVER - TACONY PALMYRA BRIDGE
White Perch
Four meals per year
Do not eat
Channel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - RACCOON CREEK
White Perch
One meal per year
Do not eat
Channel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - WOODBURY CREEK
White Perch
One meal per month
Do not eat
Channel Catfish
One meal per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - SALEM RIVER
White Perch
One meal per week
Do not eat
Channel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER ESTUARY
New Jersey/Delaware/Pennsylvania borderline downstream to Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal
All Finfish
One meal per year**
Do not eat
DELAWARE ESTUARY & DELAWARE BAY
C&D Canal to the mouth of Delaware Bay
Bluefish
Do not eat fish larger than 6 lbs or 24 inches
Do not eat
One meal per year for fish less than 6lbs or less than 24 inches
Weakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
Striped Bass
One meal per year
Do not eat
White perch
American eel
Channel catfish
White catfish
DELAWARE BAY TRIBUTARIES
 American eel
One meal per month
Four meals per year

(1) High-risk individuals include infants, children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women of childbearing age.
(2) One meal is defined as an eight-ounce serving
(3) Eat only the fillet portions of the fish. Use proper trimming techniques to remove fat, and cooking methods that allow juices to drain from the fish (e.g., baking, broiling, frying, grilling, and steaming). See text for full description.
(4) Sunfish includes bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redbreast sunfish.
(5) No harvest means no taking or attempting to take any blue crabs from these waters.
Note: Not all species were found or analyzed in all water bodies, or inadequate data were available to list some species.
(P) = Pinelands Area
* Selling any of these species from designated water bodies is prohibited in New Jersey.
NOTE: To reduce your exposure, eat those fish with the lowest meal restrictions. Do not combine meal restrictions. (For example, If you eat multiple species or catch fish from more than one area, the recommended guidelines for different species and different locations should not be combined.)
** Updated Advisory 11/2013

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