Where do I get information about the safety of fish caught recreationally by family or friends?
Before fishing, check your Fishing Regulations Booklet for information about recreationally caught fish. You can also contact your local health department for information about local advisories. It is important to check local advisories because some species of fish and shellfish caught in your local waters may have higher or lower levels of mercury than average due to environmental factors.
For more information about the risks of mercury in fish and shellfish call the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s food information line toll-free at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or visit the FDA’s Food Safety website.
For more information about the safety of locally caught fish and shellfish, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fish Advisory website or contact the Oregon Health Authority website.