Fish Consumption Guidelines

Is it Safe to Eat the Fish?

Some ocean fish and shellfish may contain pollutants like mercury, PCBs, and dioxins. The N.H. Department of Environmental Services offers the following guidelines:

Best Choices:

  • Cod, flounder, haddock, herring, light tuna (canned), pollock, sole, salmon, tilapia, shellfish (oysters, shrimp, crab, clams, scallops, lobster)
  • Pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and young children: Up to TWO meals per week.
  • For others: No limit as part of a balanced diet.

Good Choices:

  • Halibut, red snapper, tuna steak, white tuna (canned)
  • Pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and young children: Up to ONE meal per week.
  • For others: No limit as part of a balanced diet.

Cautions:

  • Bluefish, Striped Bass: Pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and young children should avoid consumption. For others, limit to ONE meal per month.
  • King Mackerel, Swordfish, Shark, Tilefish: Pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant, and young children should avoid consumption. For others, limit to TWO meals per month.
  • Lobster Tomalley (green substance in lobster): Everyone should avoid consumption. All other parts of the lobster have no limits as part of a balanced diet.

Stick to the lowest weekly or monthly limits when combining freshwater fish, ocean fish, and shellfish. Do not add limits. For more guidelines, contact:

N.H. Department of Environmental Services, Environmental Health Program Phone: (603) 271-1370 Website: www.des.nh.gov/home-and-recreation/boating-and-fishing/fish-consumption

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