Fish and shellfish are nutritious and good for you to eat. But some fish and shellfish may take in toxic chemicals from the water they live in and the food they eat. Some of these chemicals build up in the fish and shellfish - and in the humans that eat fish and shellfish - over time. Although the chemical levels are usually low, it is a good idea to learn about advisories and monitoring in water bodies where you fish, and for fish or shellfish you eat.
The Safe To Eat Portal provides information to answer the following questions:
- Can I eat fish or shellfish caught in my lake, stream, or ocean?
- Does my lake, stream, or ocean location have fish or shellfish with contaminants at levels of concern?
- What are the levels and long-term trends in my lake, stream, or ocean location?
- Which lakes, streams, or ocean locations are listed by the State as impaired?
- What is being done to reduce these problems?
Programs and Focus Areas:
Clean Water Program
Environmental Informatics Program