Fish Consumption Advice
Most fish are healthy to eat. And fish are an excellent source of low-fat protein. Eating fish may also reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. But any fish (store-bought or sport-caught) could contain contaminants such as mercury that can harm human health - especially the development of children and fetuses. You can't see, smell, or taste the mercury in fish. That's why it is important to know which fish are safer than others to eat.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides two types of advice on how often fish can safely be eaten:
- Statewide Safe Eating Guidelines - general guidelines to help you decide if you and your family need to make changes in your fish-eating habits.
- Site-Specific Advice - detailed consumption guidelines for lakes and rivers where fish have been tested for contaminants. These consumption guidelines are also searchable by lake on the Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder website.