Statewide Safe Eating Guidelines for Fish Consumption

  Safe Eating Guidelines* for Pregnant Women,
  Women who may become pregnant, and Children under age 15
 Kind of fish How often can you eat it? 
  EAT

Catfish (farm-raised), cod, crab, flatfish, herring, oysters, pollock, salmon**, sardines, scallops, shrimp, tilapia, and other purchased fish low in mercury
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  2 meals per week
  OR

Canned "light" tuna
Minnesota caught: Sunfish, crappie, yellow perch, bullheads
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  1 meal per week
  (see exceptions)*
**salmon-farm-raised or wild, Pacific and Atlantic - not Great Lakes
  AND

Canned "white" tuna, chilean seabass, grouper, halibut, marlin, orange roughy, tuna steak
Minnesota caught: bass, catfish, walleye shorter than 20 inches, northern pike shorter than 30 inches, and other MN gamefish
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  1 meal per month
  (see exceptions)*
  DON'T EAT

Shark, Swordfish, tile fish, king mackerel
Minnesota caught: walleye larger than 20 inches, northern pike longer than 30 inches, muskellunge
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  Do not eat

*Fish from some Minnesota Lakes and rivers have been found to have higher levels of mercury or PCBs. If you eat certain fish from these waters, you should eat it less often than these guidelines. See exceptions tables (above) for further information on restrictions for eating fish from the specific Minnesota lakes and rivers.

There is no change in these guidelines for eating fish just during vacation or one season.

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  Safe Eating Guidelines for Men and  Women not planning  to be pregnant
 Kind of fish How often can you eat it? 
 EAT

Minnesota caught:
Sunfish, crappie, yellow perch, bullheads
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  unrestricted

Minnesota caught:
Walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white sucker, drum, burbot, sauger, carp, lake trout, white bass, rock bass, white fish, other species
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  1 meal a week
 AND

Limit the following species: shark, swordfish, tile fish, king mackerel
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  1 meal a month
In general, adults who eat fish just during vacation or one season can eat fish twice as often as recommended in these guidelines.

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Updated Friday, 02-Aug-2013 11:46:39 CDT