Fish: Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch

What's New This Year?

Advisory changes for the Hudson River and the Adirondacks.

  • New advice about walleye from the Hudson River and tidal Rondout Creek. Recent data show higher levels of PCBs in walleye from these waters.
  • In Adirondack waters, new advice for men over 15 and women over 50 about lake trout in Raquette and Forked Lakes and chain pickerel in Lake Algonquin.

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  • Background
    Find out about why we have fish advisories, health risks from fish contaminants, ways to reduce exposure to fish contaminants and links for more information.
  • Tips for Healthier Eating
    Learn how to prepare and cook fish to reduce your exposure to chemicals.
  • Advice by Region
    Access fish advice and other information by region or by waterbody.
  • Freshwater Fish Gallery
    Learn to identify New York State's freshwater fish. Visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.
  • Additional Information & Advice
    Read about our procedures for setting advisories, information, specific contaminants in fish, good sanitary practices and other health issues associated with fish.
  • Advice on Eating Game
    Brush up on our advice about eating game including contaminants in game, lead shot and bullets, good sanitary practices and other health issues associated with wild game.
  • Publications
    Order and download fish advisory brochures and materials.
  • Programs
    Find out about our regional fish advisory partners and programs for the Hudson River, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and the Great Lakes.
  • Contacts
    Have a question? Find out where to get local and statewide fish advisory information.