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Regional Fish Advisory Programs

Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project

The Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project is a multi-year initiative of the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). The goal of the Project is for all anglers and others who eat fish from the Hudson River to know about and follow the New York State fish advisories. The project area extends from Hudson Falls to the New York City Battery (PDF, 156KB, 1pg.).

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Fish Advisory Communications Program

The NYS DOH is working with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) to enhance their fish and game advisory communications program as part of a three year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program. NYS DOH's key partner in this project is the SRMT Environment Division, with whom they collaborate to enhance their fish and game health advisory program.

As the project unfolds, NYS DOH will work directly with the SRMT community to assist them in developing their own fish and game advisory messages. NYS DOH and the SRMT Environment Division will strive to make the enhanced advisories a user friendly and positive educational tool that conveys messages regarding the sources of contaminate exposure and describes activities that will lower the risk of exposure. A significant effort will be made to add information about traditional Mohawk customs regarding fishing and hunting, as well as focus on healthy eating.

Healthy Fishing Communities Project: Great Lakes Biomonitoring

The Healthy Fishing Communities Project: Great Lakes Biomonitoring is a joint effort between the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the NYS DOH. This project will measure the level of chemicals and metals in:

  • Licensed sport anglers who fish in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and nearby rivers and waterways and eat their catch; and
  • Refugees from Burma who eat fish caught from Buffalo area waters.

The project results will be used to develop public health actions to prevent and reduce exposures to these contaminants in the future.

For more information, please contact Julie Reuther, Project Coordinator at 518-402-7950 or e-mail beoe@health.state.ny.us.

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