Fish Consumption Resources and FAQ

Fish Consumption Resources and FAQ


Fish Consumption Resources

“Stop, Check, Enjoy!” Campaign Materials

Other Helpful Resources

powerpoint slides

US EPA – “Should I Eat the Fish I Catch?” brochure (English) (Español)

US FDA – “Advice about Eating Fish For Women Who Are or Might Become Pregnant, Breastfeeding Mothers, and Young Children

US EPA and FDA – “Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know

Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program – “Mercury: What you need to know

UNC Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program – “Contaminants in Fish

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services“Eat Safe Fish” materials from Michigan

Have a question about contaminants and health? Contact the ATSDR Info. Line: 800-CDC-INFO

Understanding Fish Consumption Advisories

Current Mercury Advisories By County – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

General Mercury in Fish Advisory for North Carolina – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

What You Need to Know about Eating Freshwater Fish in North Carolina: Fish Consumption Advisories – NC State Center for Human Health and the Environment


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are children & pregnant women more at risk from mercury exposure in fish?
  2. Where can I find current fish consumption advisories for my area?
  3. Why does the DUSRC CEC focus on subsistence fish consumers? And what is a subsistence fish consumer?

1. Why are children & pregnant women more at risk from mercury exposure in fish?

Mercury can affect the development of fetuses and children. Small doses matter; children breathe, eat, and drink more relative to their size than adults. Their bodies and brains are still developing. They also have more skin surface area than adults.

2. Where can I find current fish consumption advisories for my area?

Visit bit.ly/eatsafefish to find current advisories for the state of North Carolina, by waterbody.

3. Why does the DUSRC CEC focus on subsistence fish consumers? And what is a subsistence fish consumer?

A subsistence fish consumer is someone who depends on fish as a supplemental source of food (protein) in the diet. He or she regularly consumes fish caught from a local water body. The CEC focuses our efforts on subsistence consumers because they have a higher dose (exposure) to contaminants in fish because they frequently consume fish from local waters that may contain contaminants.