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SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL (1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Striped Bass
STRIPED BASS
One meal per month
Do Not Eat
blue
BLUEFISH
(greater than 6 lbs/24 inches)
Six meals per year
BLUEFISH
(less than 6lbs/24 inches)
One meal per month
eel
AMERICAN EEL
Four meals per year
large mouth bass
AMERICAN LOBSTER
Do Not Eat the Green Gland (a.k.a., Tomalley or Hepatopancreas)
 ESTUARINE & MARINE WATERS
NEWARK BAY COMPLEX
Including Newark Bay, tidal Hackensack River, Arthur
Kill, Kill Van Kull and tidal tributaries.
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
blue crab Blue Crab*
Do not eat or harvest (5)
Striped Bass Striped Bass*
Four meals per year
Do not eat
eel American Eel*
Do not eat
White Perch White Perch
White catfish White Catfish
One meal per year

TIDAL PASSAIC RIVER
From the head of tide at Garfield to Newark Bay and all tidal tributaries

SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
All Fish & Shellfish*
Do not eat
blue crabBlue Crab*
Do not eat or harvest (5)
HUDSON RIVER
From the NY - NJ borderline (near Alpine, NJ) downstream to the NY-NJU borderline on the Upper New York Bay (at Bayonne, NJ)
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
Striped BassStriped Bass*
Four meals per year
Do not eat
eelAmerican Eel*
One meal per year
White Perch White Perch
Winter flounder Winter Flounder
One meal per month
White catfishWhite Catfish
Do not eat
blue crabBlue Crab
One meal of 7 crabs per week
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas);
Discard cooking liquid
RARITAN BAY COMPLEX
Includes the Raritan Bay, tidal Raritan River (to Rte. 1 bridge) and the tidal portions of all tributaries.
*See below for White Perch and White Catfish for the Raritan River and South River.
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
 large mouth bassAmerican Lobster
One meal per week
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas)
Discard cooking liquid
WeakfishWeakfish
One meal per month
Do not eat
Striped BassStriped Bass
Winter flounderWinter Flounder
One meal per month
porgyPorgy
eelAmerican Eel
One meal per year
Do not eat
Summer flounder Summer Flounder
One meal per week
White PerchWhite Perch (See below South River)
One meal per year
Do not eat
blue crabBlue Crab
One meal of 7 crabs per month
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas);
Discard cooking liquid
RARITAN RIVER - SOUTH RIVER
(tidal portion) upstream of Route 35 Bridge and tidal South River
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
 White catfish White Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
White PerchWhite Perch
SANDY HOOK BAY & LOWER BAY
 Summer flounderSummer Flounder
One meal per week
BARNEGAT BAY AT MANAHAWKIN BAY
Weakfish Weakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
BARNEGAT BAY AT TOMS RIVER
Striped BassStriped Bass
No restrictions
One meal per month
ATLANTIC OCEAN - SANDY HOOK TO SEA BRIGHT
Summer flounderSummer Flounder (Fluke)
One meal per week
ATLANTIC COASTAL TRIBUTARIES
Navesink River, Shrewsbury River, Shark River, Toms River & Mullica River
 eel American Eel
One meal per month
ATLANTIC OCEAN
Sea Isle City to Cape May
 WeakfishWeakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
LOWER DELAWARE RIVER - TIDAL SECTION
Trenton downstream to the Delaware/Pennsylvania border, including all tributaries to the head of tide. See all Lower Delaware Advisories
SPECIES

GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL EAT NO MORE THAN
large mouth bassLargemouth Bass
One meal per month
Do not eat
bassHybrid Striped Bass
No restrictions
One meal per week
eelAmerican Eel
One meal per year
Do not eat
channel catfishChannel Catfish
White catfishWhite Catfish
One meal per month
Striped BassStriped Bass
Four meals per year
White PerchWhite Perch
DELAWARE RIVER - CROSSWICKS CREEK
White PerchWhite Perch
One meal per month
channel catfishChannel Catfish
One meal per month
DELAWARE RIVER - TACONY PALMYRA BRIDGE
White PerchWhite Perch
Four meals per year
Do not eat
channel catfishChannel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - RACCOON CREEK
White PerchWhite Perch
One meal per year
Do not eat
channel catfishChannel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - WOODBURY CREEK
White PerchWhite Perch
One meal per month
Do not eat
channel catfishChannel Catfish
One meal per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - SALEM RIVER
White PerchWhite Perch
One meal per week
Do not eat
channel catfishChannel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER ESTUARY
New Jersey/Delaware/Pennsylvania borderline downstream to Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal
All Finfish
One meal per year**
Do not eat
DELAWARE ESTUARY & DELAWARE BAY
C&D Canal to the mouth of Delaware Bay
blueBluefish
Do not eat fish larger than 6 lbs or 24 inches
Do not eat
One meal per year for fish less than 6lbs or less than 24 inches
WeakfishWeakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
Striped BassStriped Bass
One meal per year
Do not eat
White PerchWhite perch
eelAmerican eel
channel catfishChannel catfish
White catfishWhite catfish
DELAWARE BAY TRIBUTARIES
 eelAmerican eel
One meal per month
Four meals per year

(1) High-risk individuals include infants, children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women of childbearing age.
(2) One meal is defined as an eight-ounce serving
(3) Eat only the fillet portions of the fish. Use proper trimming techniques to remove fat, and cooking methods that allow juices to drain from the fish (e.g., baking, broiling, frying, grilling, and steaming). See text for full description.
(4) Sunfish includes bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redbreast sunfish.
(5) No harvest means no taking or attempting to take any blue crabs from these waters.
Note: Not all species were found or analyzed in all water bodies, or inadequate data were available to list some species.
(P) = Pinelands Area
* Selling any of these species from designated water bodies is prohibited in New Jersey.
NOTE: To reduce your exposure, eat those fish with the lowest meal restrictions. Do not combine meal restrictions. (For example, If you eat multiple species or catch fish from more than one area, the recommended guidelines for different species and different locations should not be combined.)
** Updated Advisory 11/2013



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