Water: Fish Advisories
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- Mercury in Fish and Shellfish: Advice for Women of child-bearing age and Children
- Healthy Eating of the Fish you Catch: Advice for Everyone
- Outreach Efforts: Other outreach efforts
This document provides the proceedings of the 2009 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish, held in Portland, Oregon November 2-5, 2009. The document contains abstracts of the presentations, copies of the slides used by presenters, transcriptions of questions and answers raised, and other information presented. at the forum.
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Mercury in Fish and Shellfish
Local Fish Advisories
Learn about the fish where you live.
What You Need to Know about Mercury in Fish and Shellfish | en español (March 2004). FDA and EPA consumption advice on mercury in Fish and Shellfish. This brochure provides guidance to women of child-bearing age and children on selecting and eating fish to avoid exposure to harmful effects of mercury. Background and additional information.
Alternate translations of this brochure are available:
- Español (PDF) (2 pp, 237K)
- Cambodian (PDF) (2 pp, 647K)
- Chinese (PDF) (2 pp, 810K)
- Hmong (PDF) (2 pp, 832K)
- Korean (PDF) (2 pp, 789K)
- Portuguese (PDF) (2 pp, 874K)
- Vietnamese (PDF) (2 pp, 1.0MB)
Our One Fish, Two Fish poster gives you easy to remember information about the amount of fish women of childbearing age and children can safely eat. Click the image to view a larger version of the "One Fish, Two Fish" poster (JPG image) (December 2006; 245K).
Fish Key Tags! "Eat two meals per week of a variety of fish lower in mercury, such as: canned light tuna, catfish, pollack, salmon and shrimp" Click here for a full-sized version of the key tag, front and back (PDF) (620K).
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Healthy Eating of the Fish you Catch
Since 1993, EPA has made the National Listing of Fish Advisories (NLFA) available to let people know about locally-issued fish advisories and safe eating guidelines. States, territories, and tribes (called "states") provide this information to EPA every year. The most recent update contains 2007 and 2008 data.
We have links to local fish advisory programs, so you can learn about the fish where you live. (Federal, state and tribal contacts can be found here.) Each month, as well, we compile news about the science, communication and health issues related to fish advisories. Federal consumption advice on the amount of fish to eat is also given.
Should I Eat the Fish I Catch?—This brochure is intended as a guide to help you select and prepare fish that are low in chemical pollutants.
Note: This is a 4-fold document that can be viewed in its entirety on-line but must be printed on legal size (8 1/2" X 14") paper. It is available in the following languages:
- English (PDF) (161K)
- Spanish (PDF) (131K)
- Hmong (PDF) (145K)
- Korean (PDF) (324K)
- Vietnamese (PDF) (273K)
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Outreach Materials for Communicating Fish Advisory Information—The Minnesota Department of Health collected state, tribal and federal fish advisory program outreach materials, including pamphlets, brochures, flyers, magnets, and other products.
Outreach Effort to the U.S. Medical Community
The EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry worked together to inform health professionals and their patients about the dangers of eating fish harvested from contaminated waters.
- Letters to Health Care Professionals/Providers (2001)
- Health Care Professionals (1998)
- Health Care Providers (1998)