New Jersey Saltwater 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, for a complete list of state and federal marine fish consumption advisories visit www.FishSmartEatSmartNJ.org for making decisions about eating recreationally caught fish and crabs.
Try the Interactive Map!
One click on the waterbody where you fish takes you to any current health advisories.
New Electronic Reporting Required of For-hire Fisheries Vessels
Starting March 12, 2018, electronic vessel trip reporting will be required for all vessels issued a GARFO charter/party permit for any of the following species when carrying passengers for hire:
- Summer Flounder
- Black Sea Bass
- Atlantic Mackerel
- Tilefish, golden
Electronic reports must be completed prior to entering port and submitted within 48 hours through a NOAA-approved software application following the completion of a fishing trip. For more information, contact Daniel Luers (978-282-8457) or Daniel.Luers@noaa.gov or visit GARFOs recreational fishing web page: https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/sustainable/recfishing/