Health Advisory

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations 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.

Oven Roasted Sea Bass with Ginger Lime Sauce


2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1½ tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced shallot

5 teaspoons light or regular olive oil

2 6-ounce sea bass fillets (each about 3/4 inch thick)


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Mix first five ingredients and 3 teaspoons oil in small bowl. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
  2. Brush inside of a small-medium size glass baking dish with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Arrange fish in prepared dish; turn to coat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon (or more) sauce over each fillet.
  3. Roast fish until just opaque in center, about 12 minutes. Top fish with remaining sauce and serve.

Serving Suggestions

  • Goes well with rice or couscous and a roasted vegetable.
  • Use extra sauce to mix with the side dish before serving.
  • Makes 2 servings; can be multiplied to meet needs.