Choose Which Fish to Eat
The species and size of the fish are important when choosing which fish to eat. Some people need to be more careful than others, so it is also important that you make your fish choices based on who you are.
By following the MDH Safe-Eating Guidelines, you can get the benefits of eating fish and reduce your exposure to contaminants in Minnesota-caught and purchased fish.
See Statewide Safe-Eating Guidelines for:
- Sensitive Population:
Pregnant Women, Women Who Could Become Pregnant, and Children Under Age 15
- General Population:
Men, Boys Age 15 and Over, and Women Not Planning to Become Pregnant
See Site-Specific Safe-Eating Guidelines if you are interested in fish caught in specific Minnesota lakes and rivers.
Why It Matters Who You Are When Choosing a Meal of Fish
Women and children need to be more careful about the fish they eat and how often they eat fish. The developing fetus and young children are most at risk from exposure to mercury and other contaminants in fish because they are still developing.