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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

Health Advisory

Eating Fish and Crabs Caught In New Jersey Waters

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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 for making decisions about eating recreationally caught fish and crabs.

Bev's Striper Cakes


2 pounds striped bass, cut into ½" square pieces

2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

2 eggs

1 cup coarsely chopped onions

1 cup coarsely chopped green pepper

1 cup chopped celery

2 cups Italian breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons hot red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Form into patties about an inch thick.
  3. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Place patties into skillet and cook 4 minutes per side or until golden brown.

*Enjoy hot or cold. Makes around 10 cakes.