• The snowy Delaware River

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

Eating the Fish

Fisherman with gear casting in a river or stream

Focused on fishing.

Photo: Andy Milazzo

Fish take in contaminants from the water they live in and the food they eat. Over time these contaminants, primarily mercury and PCBs, can build up in the fish…and in you. Fish Consumption Advisories provide guidance on how minimize exposure to contaminants.

fish survey

A fish survey in the park.

General Guidelines for eating fish:
• The general population should eat no more than one meal (1/2 pound) per week.
• The high-risk population (nursing mothers, women who are or could become pregnant, and young children) should eat no more than one meal (1/2 pound) per month.

State Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish Advisories from PA Dept of Environmental Protection
Fish Advisories from NJ Dept of Environmental Protection

Federal Information on Toxic Substances

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Agencia para Sustancias Tóxicas y el Registro de Enfermadades

Did You Know?

A ranger in the uniform of the French and Indian War.

... that in the 1750s, the northwest border of New Jersey (now Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) was a frontier of the English colonies. In the French & Indian (Seven Years) War, a string of forts protected these settlements. The sites of seven of these outposts are in the park. More...