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Some pollutants can build up in the fish to levels that can be harmful to fish consumers – including humans. You can get the health benefits of fish while reducing ...
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Acknowledgements:

David Clausen, Chair Preston D. Cole, Vice-Chair Christine L. Thomas, Secretary William Bruins Terry N. Hilgenberg Gregory Kazmierski Jane Wiley

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health Great Lakes Fish Advisory Task Force Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Cathy Stepp, Secretary Matt Moroney, Deputy Secretary

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides equal opportunity in its employment, programs, services, and functions under an Affirmative Action Plan. If you have any questions, please write to Equal Opportunity Office, Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. This publication is available in alternative format (large print, Braille, audiotape etc.) upon request. Please call 608/267-7498 for more information. Designed by L. Pohlod

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Page Background information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7 How to use this advisory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Statewide Safe-eating guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Special advice for mercury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15 Special advice for PCBs & other chemicals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-34

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he information in this brochure will help you plan how much fish you can safely eat. This information is not intended to discourage you from eating fish, but to help you select fish that are low in contaminants.

Fish testing sites Wisconsin’s fish collection and testing program is frequently adjusted to meet changing needs. New sites are tested each year, along with some previously tested waters to determine trends in contaminant levels.

Eating your catch Fishing is a great tradition and a fun way to spend outdoors. Eating your catch can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fish are generally low in saturated fat and high in protein. Fish contain a number of vitamins and minerals, and are the primary food source for omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial during fetal brain and eye development, and modest consumption of fish containing omega-3s may lower the risk of heart disease in adults. Many doctors suggest eating 1 to 2 meals of fish each week can benefit your health but little additional benefit is gained by eating more than that.

However, fish may take in pollutants from the water they live in and the food they eat. Some pollutants can build up in the fish to levels that can be harmful to fish consumers – including humans. You can get the health benefits of fish while reducing unwanted contaminants by following this advisory. You and your family should determine the type and amount of fish you eat and compare that to the advice in this guide. After consulting the advisory, you may want to eat different species of fish, eat fish from different waters, or space fish meals farther apart.

Wisconsin is rich in water resources. There are nearly 15,000 lakes and 32,000 miles of rivers located within the st