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New Jersey

Saltwater Fishing

Health Advisory

Fish Smart, Eat Smart

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 for making decisions about eating recreationally caught fish and crabs.

Grilled Oysters with Hoisin Sauce*


Fresh oysters 1 bottle hoisin sauce Salsa


  1. Clean and shuck oysters. Keep on the half-shell. Be careful not to lose the natural brine.
  2. Arrange oysters on plate of rock salt or foil to keep from tipping.
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of hoisin sauce to each oyster.
  4. Top with your favorite salsa.
  5. Grill 5 minutes or until oysters are tender and hoisin sauce melts.


  • Add water to the hoisin sauce for a lighter flavor.
  • Substitute flavored barbecue sauce for hoisin sauce.
  • Fruit salsa, such as mango, makes a great topping.
  • Grill over charcoal for a smoky taste.
* Hoisin sauce is a thick, intensely flavorful sauce used as a glaze for meats or a sauce for stir fry.

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