Fish: Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch

What's New This Year?

  • Good news for anglers who fish Lake Ontario and the Niagara River downstream of Niagara Falls! Latest data are showing lower contaminant levels in fish. This means men over 15 and women over 50 can now also enjoy:
    • up to 4 meals a month of Chinook salmon, coho salmon and rainbow trout.
    • up to 4 meals a month of smaller brown trout and lake trout.
    • up to 4 meals a month of smallmouth bass from the Niagara River, downstream of Niagara Falls. (Anglers can continue to enjoy 4 meals a month of smallmouth bass from Lake Ontario-that advice hasn't changed.)
  • Keuka Lake no longer has any specific advisories for eating fish. Everyone can enjoy up to 4 meals a month of all fish from this lake.
  • A new brochure, New York State Blue Crab Cooking and Eating Guide is now available. View or order any of our fish advisory publications.
  • In case you missed this information last hunting season, be aware that waterfowl in the Hudson River between Hudson Falls and Troy are likely to have higher PCB levels than other areas of the State. Hunters are advised to harvest waterfowl from other locations of the Hudson River or other areas in the State.

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Contents

  • 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.

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