Hudson River Fish: Health Advice, Publications, Projects
Can You Eat Fish from the Hudson?
Chemicals in Hudson River fish can harm your health even if the fish look healthy and the water looks clean. These chemicals--called PCBs--may be more harmful to young children and unborn babies.
Women under 50 years and children under 15 years
- Do not eat any fish or crabs from the Hudson River south of the Corinth dam.
- See the advice about eating Hudson River fish.
Men over 15 years and women over 50 years
Follow the advice diagram to reduce PCBs, which are in the fat of fish.
- After trimming as shown, broil, grill or bake the fish on a rack so that fat drips away.
- Do not pan-fry the fish or use drippings to make stock or sauce.
Use our order form to request copies of free fish advisory publications.
- Hudson River: Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch
This brochure provides health advice on eating fish caught from the Hudson River. It provides advice for women over age 50 and men, and special advice for women of childbearing age (under age 50) and children (under age 15). It includes a map showing all areas of the Hudson River with health advisories.
- Hudson Valley Region: Health Advice on Eating the Fish You Catch
This booklet provides advice on eating fish caught from Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Green, Columbia, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Washington counties. It includes maps of waters with advice and suggestions on where the entire family can eat up to four meals a month of caught fish.
- Northern Hudson River: Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties
This brochure provides health advice on eating fish caught from the Northern Hudson River. It provides advice for women over age 50 and men, and special advice for women of childbearing age (under age 50) and children (under age 15). It includes a map showing health advisories.
- Long Island and New York City: Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch
This booklet provides advice on eating fish caught from Long Island and New York City waters, and includes maps of fresh and materine waters with advice.
Also available in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Polish, Russian and Traditional Chinese.
- Advice on Eating Hudson River Fish
Wallet-size angler advisory cards that detail which Hudson River fish men over 15 and women over 50 can eat, and which fish they should not eat. The advice about eating fish varies depending upon the location on the river.
- Can You Eat That Fish From the Hudson?
- Hudson River Creatures Activity Book
A 20-page activity and coloring book for schools, health care waiting rooms and Hudson River community events.
- Fish Trimming Magnet
- New York State Blue Crab Cooking & Eating Guide
Blue crabs are one of the most popular creatures caught in the Hudson River and in New York City waters. Because of industrial contamination, fish and crabs from these waters can contain chemicals at levels that may be harmful to your health. This booklet shows how to cook and prepare a crab to help reduce levels of chemicals in a crab meal.
- Hudson River Fish Advisory Signs Order Form
Free Hudson River fish advisory signs (coated 12" x 14" aluminum with mounting holes) are available to municipalities and other Hudson River property owners. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
Additional Advisories and Publications
- Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch:
Public Service Announcements
Read or listen to our public service announcements about the Hudson River fish advisory.
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. 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).