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New York City Region Fish Advisories

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Arthur Kill2,3 (Richmond) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Rainbow smelt Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
American eel, Gizzard shad, Striped bass, White perch DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
Atlantic Ocean/Long Island South Shore2,3 (Nassau, Queens, Suffolk) Weakfish Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Greater than 25", DON'T EAT; Less than 25", up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Bluefish Up to 4 meals/month Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month PCBs
American eel, Striped bass Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs
East River to Throgs Neck Bridge2,3 (New York, Kings, Bronx) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Channel catfish, Gizzard shad, White catfish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Carp, Goldfish, Rainbow smelt, Striped bass, White perch Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs
Harlem River2,3 (New York, Bronx) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Channel catfish, Gizzard shad, White catfish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Carp, Goldfish, Rainbow smelt, Striped bass, White perch Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs
Hudson River2,3 See Hudson River and Tributaries
Jamaica Bay, excluding Paerdegat Basin2,3 (Nassau, Kings, Queens) Weakfish Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Greater than 25", DON'T EAT; Less than 25", up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Bluefish Up to 4 meals/month Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month PCBs
American eel, Striped bass Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Jamaica Bay, Paerdegat Basin and 200 yards from its mouth2,3 (Kings) All fish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs*
Kill Van Kull2,3 (Richmond) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Rainbow smelt Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
American eel, Gizzard shad, Striped bass, White perch DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
Long Island Sound2,3 (Nassau, Westchester, Queens, Suffolk, Bronx) Weakfish Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Greater than 25", DON'T EAT; Less than 25", up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Bluefish Up to 4 meals/month Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month PCBs
American eel, Striped bass Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Lower New York Bay, south to Verrazano Narrows Bridge2,3 (Richmond, Kings) Weakfish Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Greater than 25", DON'T EAT; Less than 25", up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Bluefish Up to 4 meals/month Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month PCBs
American eel, Striped bass Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Newark Bay2,3 (Richmond) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Rainbow smelt Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
American eel, Gizzard shad, Striped bass, White perch DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
Raritan Bay, east of Wolfe's Pond Park2,3 (Richmond) Weakfish Greater than 25", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 25", up to 4 meals/month Greater than 25", DON'T EAT; Less than 25", up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Bluefish Up to 4 meals/month Greater than 20", up to 1 meal/month; Less than 20", up to 4 meals/month PCBs
American eel, Striped bass Up to 4 meals/month Up to 1 meal/month PCBs
Raritan Bay, west of Wolfe's Pond Park2,3 (Richmond) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Rainbow smelt, Striped bass Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
American eel, Gizzard shad, White perch DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
Upper New York Bay, north of Verrazano Narrows Bridge2,3 (Richmond, New York) Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Atlantic needlefish, Bluefish, Rainbow smelt, Striped bass Up to 1 meal/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
American eel, Gizzard shad, White perch DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
All other fish Up to 4 meals/month DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin
  • 1 The specific health advisories for the waters listed above also apply to tributaries (for example, Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek) and connected waterss if there are no dams, falls or barriers to stop the fish from moving upstream.
  • 2 DON'T EAT the soft "green stuff" (mustard, tomalley, liver or hepatopancreas) found in the body section of crabs and lobsters from any waters because cadmium, PCBs and other contaminants concentrate there. As contaminants are transferred to cooking liquid, you should also discard crab or lobster cooking liquid.
  • 3 Harvest/possession of American eel for food from the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers and fishing for/possession of American Shad from the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers and New York State marine water is prohibited per NYS DEC regulations.
  • * The advice for Paerdegat Basin was issued in response to a spill that led to discharges of PCB containing material into the Basin. An environmental investigation is underway to determine if there is residual contamination in the Basin. Please check www.health.ny.gov/fish to see whether this advice is still in effect. The public is also reminded that all New York City waters are closed to shellfishing (harvest of clams, mussels, oysters or scallops).

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