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:
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:
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
des.nh.gov (search “fish consumption”)
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.