Fish: Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch

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What's New This Year?

  • The advice for women under 50 and children under 15 says that they can now eat many fish from the Niagara River above Niagara Falls. This adds more options for women and children in the Western Region, who can continue to enjoy up to four meals a week of these fish from Lake Erie.
  • New advice for men over 15 and women over 50 about eating channel catfish was added to Lake Erie and the Niagara River above Niagara Falls.
  • Temporary advice was added for Paerdeget Basin of Jamaica Bay in the New York City Region. Please check to see whether this advice is still in effect.
  • Three new regional brochures are available for the St. Lawrence, Finger Lakes and Northern Hudson. View all publications available for download and ordering.
  • Remember to look for this icon to find the special advice for women and children.


  • 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.

Please Note

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