Water: Fish Advisories
Fish Consumption Advisories - Technical Information
- Interactive Map and Search
- Newsletter & Forum
- Guidance, Reports & Chemical Fact Sheets
- Contacts & Links
Interactive Technical Maps and Advanced Searches
This easy-to-use interactive mapping tool allows state and tribal fish advisory program managers to view information about fish advisories based on the geographic location of a waterbody, the species of the fish, the chemical contaminants identified in the advisory, and the portion of the consumer population for whom the advisory was issued. It also allows users to search the National Listing Fish Advisories (NLFA) database for fish tissue contaminant data. The technical advisories search is recommended for more advanced users.
A drop-down search form allows the user to search the technical advisory information and fish tissue contaminant data. Users can then choose to display the results in map format, table format, or as a downloadable spreadsheet or PDF report.
Tip: Filtered Search From - Search criteria are filtered as you make your choices and only options that have an advisory (for the technical advisory search) or tissue data (for the technical tissue search) are available in the dropdowns. As a result each selection itself is a quick search without having to do a full search. For example, select a state and a pollutant, and the drop down for Waterbody only displays waterbodies with an advisory for that pollutant.
View Search Results
Search results may be viewed in several ways.
View detailed information about a single advisory or tissue site by clicking on it on the map and then clicking on the "View detailed advisory/tissue information" link.
The Help button ( symbol) is located above the upper right corner of the map or report. Click this button for the User Guide specific to the search page you are on.
View User Guides
- NLFA Technical Advisories Search User's Guide (PDF) (13 pp, 4.56MB, About PDF)
- NLFA Fish Tissue Search User's Guide (PDF) (11 pp, 3.51MB, About PDF)
Go to Technical Maps and Searches
You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more.
The EPA's Fish Advisories Newsletter provides news and information about the science, communication, and health issues related to fish advisories. The newsletter includes new information about recent newspaper, magazine, and journal articles of interest to the fish advisory community. Where possible we have included a direct link to the articles discussed; however, most publications require that you register in order to view archived articles, and a link cannot be established directly to the article in those cases.
Please send an email to the newsletter manager (email@example.com) if you would like to announce an upcoming meeting, conference, or to submit an article relevant to fish consumption advisories.
National Fish Forum
The EPA sponsors the National Forum on Contaminants in Fish every 18-24 months to bring together interested stakeholders in public health and environmental professionals from states, tribes, and other groups to discuss the many issues related to contaminants in fish.
You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more.
Federal Consumption Advice
- Joint Federal Advisory for Mercury in Fish
- Fact Sheet: Background on the FDA/EPA Consumer Advisory on Mercury in Fish and Shellfish
- Technical Memorandum: Origin of 1 meal / week Freshwater Fish Consumption Rate (PDF) (5 pp, 84K)
- National Mean Mercury Concentration in Tissue of Selected Fish (PDF) (1 slide, 162K)
- Joint Advisory Stakeholder Meetings
- Reports and Chemical Fact Sheets
- National Guidance
- Comments on draft FDA risk and benefit assessment
Reports and Chemical Fact Sheets
- Estimated Fish Consumption Rates for the U.S. Population and Selected Subpopulations (NHANES 2003-2010)
EPA has released an update to its 2000 fish consumption rates anaylsis. Fish consumption rates included in this revised analysis reflect two significant changes to the methodology: 1) new data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), survey cycles from 2003 to 2010, and 2) a new, more accurate state-of-the-science methodology.
- Estimated Fish Consumption Rates for the U.S. Population and Selected Subpopulations (NHANES 2003-2010) (PDF) (110 pp, 2MB)
- Appendix A: Habitat Apportionment Documentation (PDF) (9 pp, 219K)
- Appendix B: FNDDS Processing and Fish Containing Food Codes (PDF) (65 pp, 1MB)
- Appendix C: Supplemental Statistical Methodology (PDF) (4 pp, 439K)
- Appendix D: EPA Method SAS Code (PDF) (9 pp, 215K)
- Appendix E: Usual Fish Consumption Rate Estimates (Raw Weight) (PDF) (91 pp, 2.3MB)
- Appendix F: Usual Fish Consumption Rate Estimates (As Prepared Weight) (PDF) (91 pp, 2.3MB)
- Appendix G: Unweighted Sample Sizes (PDF) (3 pp, 263K)
- Appendix H: EPA Response to External Peer Review of EPA's Draft Document (PDF) (60 pp, 369K)
- Fact Sheet (PDF) (1 pg, 208K)
- Peer Review Report (PDF) (506 pp, 6MB)
- Trends in Blood Mercury Concentrations and Fish Consumption Among U.S. Women of Reproductive Age, NHANES, 1999-2010
This report presents the results of a study on trends in blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age from 1999 to 2010. The data showed that mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent from a survey conducted in 1999-2000 to follow-up surveys conducted from 2001 to 2010. Additionally, the percentage of women of childbearing age with blood mercury levels above the level of concern decreased 65 percent from the 1999-2000 survey and the follow-up surveys from 2001-2010. During the survey period there was very little change in the amount of fish consumed.
- Chemical-specific Fact Sheets provides information on PCBs, Toxaphene, Mercury and Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins.
- Public Health Implications of Exposure to PCBs
This report summarizes the health implications associated with exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), primarily through fish consumption.
- Database: National Survey of Mercury Concentrations in Fish (1990-1995)
Summary of total mercury concentrations in fish nationwide.
- Database: Mercury and Selenium Levels in Fish at Selected Mercury Advisory Sites: EPA collected and analyzed fish during 2007-08 to assess levels of mercury at 95 randomly selected mercury advisory sites within the continental United States using a statistically based, regionally stratified design, where sites represented all major regions of the country. Methods established in EPA’s Guidance for Assessing Chemical Contaminant Data for Use in Fish Advisories were used to collect and analyze fish fillet tissue for total mercury. Site samples are comprised of three composites of five fish per composite. Total selenium was also measured and is included in the dataset. Final Data (Excel, 64K)
- Summary of Responses to the 2010 National Survey of Fish Advisory Programs (PDF) (74 pp, 5.7MB); and the Questionnaire Response Database (Appendix B) (PDF) (345 pp, 11.9MB) provide results from a survey of state fish advisory program assessment methodologies, risk management approaches and risk communication procedures. Appendix A includes the survey questionnaire and Appendix B, the summary of each state's response.
EPA and FDA Advice about Eating Fish: Availability of Draft Update - EPA and FDA have released for review and comment an update to the 2004 advice contained in their jointly released document entitled “What You Need to Know about Mercury in Fish and Shellfish.” The proposed update makes the advice consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. The update also contains additional information for those who want to understand the advice in greater detail.
- News Release (June 9, 2014)
- Federal Register Notice of Availability (June 11, 2014)
- To submit comments to the docket, go to www.regulations.gov and enter docket number FDA-2014-N-0595
- Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know – draft advice on fish consumption, and supplemental questions and answers about the draft advice
- FDA Table of Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the results of the Survey on the Awareness and Effectiveness of the Mississippi Delta Fish Consumption Advisory (PDF) (216 pp, 3MB), developed in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, see our Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 245K)
Guidance for Assessing Chemical Contaminant Data for Use In Fish Advisories to help state, local, regional, and tribal environmental health officials who are responsible for developing and managing fish consumption advisories.
Guidance for Conducting Fish and Wildlife Consumption Surveys (PDF) (157 pp, 2.3MB) This guidance document provides instructions for selecting a survey approach and designing a survey to obtain fish consumption rate information.
Estimated Per Capita Fish Consumption in the United States (PDF) (262 pp, 3.3MB) This report provides daily average per capita fish consumption estimates.
Recommended Study Design for a Survey to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Mississippi Delta Fish Advisories provides a survey instrument and recommended methodology for assessing the awareness and effectiveness of the Mississippi Delta Fish Consumption Advisory issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in 2001.
Visit the contacts page to find links to Federal, state and tribal contacts and fish advisory programs.
This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.
Clean Air Mercury Rule
The EPA issued the Clean Air Mercury Rule to permanently cap and reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for the first time ever. This rule makes the United States the first country in the world to regulate mercury emissions from utilities.
Fish Waste Management Measure for Marine and Boat Operation
Chapter and section from the Manual: Guidance Specifying Management Measures for Sources of Nonpoint Pollution in Coastal Waters.
National Lake Fish Tissue Study
The EPA in coordination with other partners is conducting a series of freshwater fish contamination studies. These studies are providing national representative data on concentrations of large numbers of chemicals in fish tissue including contaminants of concern.
Anglers and Aquatic Resource Protection
The EPA wants to provide anglers with information on the condition of our nation's waters, activities that anglers and their families can undertake to improve the health of our valued fisheries, and information on EPA's role in protecting recreational fisheries.