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Health Advisory

Fishing Regulations New Jersey Freshwater Fishing

Eating Fish And Crabs Caught In New Jersey Waters

Fishing provides enjoyable and relaxing recreation. Fish are an excellent source of protein and other nutrients and play a role in maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. Many anglers enjoy cooking and eating their own catch. However, elevated levels of potentially harmful chemical contaminants such as dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and mercury have been found in certain fish and crabs in some New Jersey waters. Fish consumption advisories have been adopted to guide citizens on safe consumption practices.

To reduce exposure to harmful chemical contaminants when preparing and eating the fish species taken from the identified waters, it is essential to follow the guidelines provided. The DEP encourages you to consult the Fish Smart-Eat Smart Fish Advisory Guide or when making decisions about eating recreationally caught fish and crabs.

The current list of fish consumption advisories consists of statewide, regional and water body-specific warnings for a variety of fish species and fish consumers. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Health have prepared new “how to” electronic pamphlets on cleaning and cooking your catch to reduce your exposure to these harmful chemicals. These e-pamphlets are downloadable in multiple languages.

For a complete list of state and federal marine fish consumption advisories visit:

The fish consumption advisories and Fish Smart-Eat Smart website are updated periodically and are available online or from the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health at (609) 984-6070 and through the Department of Health at (609) 826-4935.

Check online for fish consumption advisories on the local water body in which you fish! Go to

Join us for the 26th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament! May 21, 2017

Island Beach State Park,
Seaside Park, NJ

Spend a day of family fishing fun on the beaches at Island Beach State Park. Prizes are awarded in different species and age categories. For more information and to register, visit

A special thanks to our 2016 donators: Bass Pro Shops, Coastline Surf System; Costa Del Mar, Inc.; Chestnut Neck Boat Yard; NJDFW Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs; Jenkinson’s Aquarium; Legal Limits Co.; Manns Bait Co.; Silver Horde; and Stanley Jigs.

Sedge Island Field Experience Programs — Summer 2017

  • Sedge Island Fishing Experience: A 4-day, 3-night marine fishing intensive program. Open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2017.
  • Sedge Island Field and Research Experience: A 7-day, 6-night program focused on conducting field research. Open to high school students.
  • Sedge Island Field Experience: A 4-day, 3-night program that has students work alongside biologists in the salt marsh field. Open to students going into grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2017.
  • Bay to Bowl: A 3-day, 2-night program open to adults interested in harvesting food from the bay and learning preparation and cooking techniques.

For more details, dates and cost visit or contact Karen Byrne at