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Fish Advisories NY/NJ Harbor
Fish Advisories NY/NJ Harborfish
englishspanishportuguesechinese In the early 1980s, research conducted by NJDEP showed elevated levels of Dioxins and PCBs in fish tissue samples taken from many areas in coastal New Jersey.

Newark Bay Complex

  • Highly industrialized urban area
  • Covers 5 counties and more than 20 municipalities
  • Part of the Port of New York/New Jersey – the third largest port in the country
    Heavily used by urban anglers
  • Closed to commercial fishing for many years
Sediments contaminated with dioxins and PCBs from historical industrial pollution

FDA categorizes PCBs & Dioxins as probable carcinogens
Health Outcomes

  • Reproductive disturbances
  • Development problems
  • Increased chance of developing cancer over a lifetime

Newark Bay Complex Advisories (General Population)

    PCBs & Dioxins

  • Colorless
  • Odorless
  • Do not effect taste or appearance of fish
  • Bind to fatty tissue & sediments

Passaic River (tidal) – do not eat any fish or shellfish

(High Risk Population)

Striped Bass, American Eel, Blue Crab, White Perch, Bluefish (larger than 6 lbs.) & White Catfish –DO NOT EAT

For more information to go


Division of Water Resources
Harold Nebling
401 E.State.Street
P.O.Box 420
Trenton NJ O8625

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