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2018
Statewide Estuarine & Marine Waters
(All coastal waterbodies, except those under Waterbody Specific Advisories)
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Striped Bass One meal per month Do Not Eat
Bluefish
(greater than 6 lbs/24 inches)
Six meals per year
Bluefish
(less than 6lbs/24 inches)
One meal per month
American Eel Four meals per year
American Lobster Do Not Eat the Green Gland (a.k.a., Tomalley or Hepatopancreas)
NEWARK BAY COMPLEX
Including Newark Bay, tidal Hackensack River, Arthur Kill, Kill Van Kull and tidal tributaries
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Blue Crab* Do not eat or harvest (5)
Striped Bass* Four meals per year Do not eat
American Eel* Do not eat
White Perch
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: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
All Fish & Shellfish* Do not eat
Blue 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: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Striped Bass*
Four meals per year
Do not eat
American Eel*
One meal per year
White Perch
Winter Flounder
One meal per month
White Catfish
Do not eat
Blue 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: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
  American Lobster
One meal per week
Do not eat green gland (hepatopancreas)
Discard cooking liquid
Weakfish
One meal per month
Do not eat
Striped Bass
Winter Flounder
One meal per month
Porgy
American Eel
One meal per year
Do not eat
Summer Flounder
One meal per week
White Perch
One meal per year
Do not eat

Redbreast Sunfish (4)
No restrictions
One meal per month
Common Carp One meal per month One meal per month
Channel Catfish
One meal per month
Do not eat
Blue 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: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
White Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
White Perch
SANDY HOOK BAY & LOWER BAY
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
One meal per week
BARNEGAT BAY AT MANAHAWKIN BAY
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Weakfish
One meal per week
One meal per month
BARNEGAT BAY AT TOMS RIVER
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Striped Bass
No restrictions
One meal per month
ATLANTIC OCEAN
Sandy Hook to Sea Bright
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Summer Flounder (Fluke) One meal per week
ATLANTIC COASTAL TRIBUTARIES
Navesink River, Shrewsbury River, Shark River, Toms River & Mullica River
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
  American Eel One meal per month
ATLANTIC OCEAN
Sea Isle City to Cape May
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
  Weakfish
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: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Largemouth Bass
One meal per month
Do not eat
Hybrid Striped Bass
No restrictions
One meal per week
American Eel
One meal per year
Do not eat
Channel Catfish
White Catfish
One meal per month
Striped Bass Four meals per year
White Perch
Common Carp One meal per week One meal per month
Flathead Catfish One meal per month

One meal per month
(PA Public Health Advisory)

DELAWARE RIVER - TRENTON/CROSSWICKS CREEK
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
White Perch
One meal per week
One meal per month
American Eel One meal per month Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - TACONY PALMYRA BRIDGE
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
White Perch One meal per month Do not eat
Channel Catfish Four meals per year Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - RACCOON CREEK
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
White Perch
One meal per month
One meal per month
American Eel One meal per year Do not eat
Channel Catfish Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - WOODBURY CREEK/FORT MIFFLIN
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
White Perch
One meal per month
Do not eat
American Eel One meal per year Do not eat
Channel Catfish
Four meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER - SALEM RIVER
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
White Perch
One meal per week
One meal per month
Channel Catfish
One meal per month
Do not eat
DELAWARE RIVER ESTUARY
New Jersey/Delaware/Pennsylvania borderline downstream to Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
All Finfish
Three meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE ESTUARY & DELAWARE BAY
C&D Canal to the mouth of Delaware Bay
SPECIES GENERAL POPULATION
EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUAL
(1)EAT NO MORE THAN: (2, 3)
Striped Bass
Three meals per year
Do not eat
American Eel
Channel Catfish
White Catfish
Bluefish (smaller than 20 inches) One meal per month One meal per month
Bluefish (larger than 20 inches) Three meals per year Do not eat
White Perch
Six meals per year
Do not eat
DELAWARE BAY TRIBUTARIES
American 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.

* Selling any of these species from designated water bodies is prohibited in New Jersey.
NOTE: Not all species were found or analyzed in all water bodies, or inadequate data were available to list some species.
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.)

Revised July 2018

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Fish Health in New Jersey

New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (NJ AHDL)

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Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Director

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