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Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

Health Advisory

Eating Fish And Crabs Caught In New Jersey Waters

Fishing is an enjoyable and relaxing recreation. Fish are an excellent source of protein and nutrients as part of 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, mercury and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) have been found in certain fish and crabs in some New Jersey waters. Fish consumption advisories 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 fish consumption advisories consists of statewide, regional and water body-specific warnings for a variety of fish species and fish consumers. The New Jersey departments of Environmental Protection and Health and Senior Services have prepared "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.

Do not eat fish or shellfish from a waterbody where a harmful algal bloom is present. See Harmful Algal Bloom - Status Check section below for more information.

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 and Research at 609-940-4078 and through the Department of Health’s Food and Drug Safety Program at 609-826-4935.

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

NEW Interactive Map!

One click on the waterbody where you fish takes you to any current health advisories.

Photo of harmful algal bloom.

Harmful Algal Bloom – Status Check

Stay up to date on the status of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in New Jersey waters with the NJDEP Algal Bloom Sampling Status site. The easy, interactive dashboard provides current sampling results, waterbody locations and important advisory information at your fingertips. Also included are links to important HAB-related resources and a place to report a suspected HAB.

Information is updated daily at noon. Stay informed about the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms to protect you and your pets. Visit and click on the map in the center.