Choose your state

Alabama Alabama Hunting & Fishing

Connecticut Connecticut Hunting Connecticut Fishing

Delaware Delaware Hunting Delaware Fishing

Florida Florida Freshwater Fishing Florida Saltwater Fishing Florida Hunting

Georgia Georgia Hunting 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide Georgia Fishing Georgia Drivers Manual Georgia Commercial Drivers Georgia Motorcycle Manual Georgia Alcohol & Drug Awareness Program

Idaho Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules – 2015

Illinois Illinois Hunting Regulations – 2016-2017

Indiana Indiana Hunting Indiana Fishing

Louisiana Louisiana Hunting Regulations 2015

Maine Maine Hunting Maine Fishing Maine ATV & Snowmobile

Maryland Maryland Fishing Maryland Hunting

Massachusetts Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

Michigan Michigan Fishing

Mississippi Mississippi Hunting & Fishing

Nevada Nevada Fishing Nevada Hunting Nevada Big Game Hunting Seasons & Applications

New Hampshire New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing New Hampshire Hunting New Hampshire ATV & Snowmobile

New Jersey New Jersey Freshwater Fishing New Jersey Saltwater Fishing New Jersey Hunting

New Mexico New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info – 2016-2017

New York New York Hunting New York Fishing

Ohio Ohio Hunting Ohio Fishing

Oklahoma Oklahoma Hunting Oklahoma Fishing

Oregon Oregon Big Game Hunting - 2016 Oregon Fishing Oregon Big Game Hunting - 2017 Oregon Game Bird Hunting

Rhode Island Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Rhode Island Hunting

South Carolina South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

Vermont Vermont Hunting Vermont Fishing

Virginia Virginia Hunting Virginia Migratory Game Bird Hunting Virginia Fishing

Logo

Fish Consumption Guidelines

Fishing Regulations New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing

Is it Safe to Eat the Fish?

Fish Consumption Guidelines

Fish can be an important part of a healthy diet, but some fish contain varying levels of pollutants like mercury. Because of this, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services recommends the following guidelines for eating freshwater fish that you catch in New Hampshire:

  • Pregnant and nursing women, and women who may become pregnant can safely eat ONE, 8-ounce meal of freshwater fish per month.
  • Children under age 7 can safely eat ONE, 4-ounce meal of freshwater fish per month.
  • All other adults and children age 7 and older can safely eat FOUR, 8-ounce meals of freshwater fish per month.
  • When eating bass, pickerel, white perch or yellow perch, limit consumption to fish 12 inches or less in length while following the above guidelines.

Stocked trout contains relatively low levels of mercury. For rainbow and brown trout, women of childbearing age and children can safely eat ONE meal per week; others can eat SIX meals per week. Brook trout could be either stocked or from a native population, and therefore should be consumed at the rate of the general freshwater advisory above.

Fish from several waterbodies in New Hampshire have been shown to have higher than average mercury concentrations. For the waterbodies identified below, women of childbearing age and young children should not consume any fish; others may consume TWO meals per month:

  • Ashuelot Pond, Washington
  • Comerford and Moore Reservoirs on the Connecticut River
  • Crystal Lake, Gilmanton
  • Dubes Pond, Hooksett
  • Jackman Reservoir, Hillsboro
  • Mascoma Lake, Enfield
  • May Pond, Washington
  • Tower Hill Pond, Candia

In addition, NO fish should be consumed from the Androscoggin River from Berlin south to the Maine border due to potential dioxin contamination.

For more information on freshwater and saltwater guidelines, contact:

N.H. Department of Environmental Services
Environmental Health Program
(603) 271-1370
des.nh.gov (search “fish consumption”)