New advice on consumption of fish in certain New York waters

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The New York State Department of Health issuing new advice about the consumption of certain fish caught in specific waters, due to elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury.

The Department issues advice about eating sportfish (fish you catch) because some fish contain chemicals at levels that that could adversely affect health.  Although the advisories are not regulations, they do help people choose which fish to limit or avoid and learn how to reduce their exposure to contaminants in the fish they eat. The health advice is based on information from fish collected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Women in their childbearing years who eat highly contaminated fish and become pregnant may be at an increased risk of having children who are slower to develop and learn. Some chemicals may be passed on in mother’s milk. Chemicals may also have a negative effect on the development of young children.



FishMen over 15 & Women over 50Women under 50 & Children under 15


Schoharie Reservoir(Delaware, Greene, Schoharie)

Smallmouth bass <15”Up to 4 meals/monthDon’t eat


Hoosic River(Rensselaer & Washington)

CarpUp to 1 meal/monthDon’t eat


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