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New York City Region Fish Advisories

Special Regional Advice

The New York State Department of Health advises the public to avoid eating any fish or crabs from Paerdegat Basin or 200 yards from the mouth of Paerdegat Basin (in a small portion of Jamaica Bay). Please check www.health.ny.gov/fish to see whether this advice 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).

Advice by Waterbody

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Chemicals of Concern
Arthur Kill3 (Richmond) Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT 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 (Queens, New York, Kings, Bronx) Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Cadmium
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Cadmium, Dioxin
Channel catfish, Gizzard shad, White catfish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs
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) Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Cadmium
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs, Cadmium, Dioxin
Channel catfish, Gizzard shad, White catfish DON'T EAT DON'T EAT PCBs,
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 Bay2,3 (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
Kill Van Kull2,3 (Richmond) Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT 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 of Verrazano Narrows Bridge2,3 (Kings, 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
Newark Bay2,3 (Richmond) Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT 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) Blue crab meat Up to 4 meals/month (six crabs per meal) DON'T EAT PCBs, Dioxin, Cadmium
Crab or lobster tomalley (hepatopancreas, mustard) and cooking liquid DON'T EAT 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 and connected waters 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.

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