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Marine Advisories
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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:

freshwater advisory

map of new jersey** 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 more information

Newark Bay Complex

Blue Claw Crab
blue crab advisory for blue crab

Statewide Fish Consumption Advisories
Estuarine and Marine Waters
Freshwater
Pinelands (Freshwater)
Striped Bass
striped bass
General Population:

One meal per month
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat
Trout
(Brown, Brook, Rainbow, and Hybrid Species)

trout
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per week
Largemouth Bass
largemouth bass
General Population:
One meal per month
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat

American Eel
american eel

General Population:
Four meals per year
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat

Largemouth Bass
largemouth bass
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
Smallmouth Bass
smallmouth bass
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
Bluefish (greater than 6lbs./24 inches)
bluefish
General Population:
Six meals per year
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat
Smallmouth Bass
smallmouth bass

General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
Chain Pickerel
chain pickerel
General Population:
One meal per month
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat
Bluefish (less than 6lbs./24 inches)
bluefish
General Population:
One meal per month
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat
Chain Pickerel
chain pickerel
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
Brown Bullhead
brown bullhead
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat
American Lobster
american lobster
General Population:
Do not eat the Green Gland (Tomalley or Hepatopancreas)
High Risk Population:
Do not eat the Green Gland (Tomalley or Hepatopancreas)
Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, and Redbreast)
sunfish
sunfish
sunfish
General Population:
No Restrictions
High Risk Population:
One meal per week
Sunfish (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, and Redbreast)
sunfish
sunfish
sunfish
General Population:
No Restrictions
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
  Common Carp
common carp
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
Common Carp
common carp
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
 

Yellow Bullheadyellow bullhead
General Population:
No Restrictions
High Risk Population:
One meal per month

Yellow Bullhead
yellow bullhead
General Population:
One meal per week
High Risk Population:
Do Not Eat
  Brown Bullhead
brown bullhead

General Population:
No Restrictions
High Risk Population:
One meal per month
 
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Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Director
Mailing Address:
Mail code 428-01, P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625

Phone: (609) 984-6070
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