Fish Consumption Guidelines
Sport fish caught in Georgia are generally good quality and safe to eat.
IN THE KNOW:
When fishing in Glynn County, be sure to check the fish consumption guidelines.
Seafood is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great choice for healthy brains, eyes, joints and hearts. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week because the benefits of seafood consumption far outweigh risks from contaminants.
Glynn County Guidelines
Because industrial pollution involving polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury has impacted certain areas of the Turtle River Estuary, consumption advisories exist to help protect families who catch and eat their own fish and seafood in Glynn County, Georgia.
In Glynn County’s yellow fishing advisory area, children under the age of seven, women of childbearing age and pregnant or nursing mothers are advised to limit consumption of all local fish and blue crabs to one meal per month.
In addition to the Glynn County flyer, people can find out exactly which fish are safe to eat in their area in the “Guidelines for Eating Fish” section of this year’s Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations. Local fishing advisories help people enjoy healthy seafood while avoiding risks.
You can also get a more broad overview of seafood consumption information from the Seafood Health Facts website. This resource is a joint effort among many Sea Grant programs across the country and presents a wealth of information for consumers, healthcare providers and academics.
When fishing in Glynn County, please see the new Glynn County Advisory Brochure for Fish You Catch and Eat.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources samples fish from water bodies each year to test for contaminants such as PCBs, chlordane and mercury. Most of the fish tested have few or no contaminants and are safe to eat. More details on fish consumption are available in guidelines published by the state of Georgia, including:
Georgia is known for its wild shrimp, which can be eaten in unlimited amounts in most areas. The short life-cycle of shrimp does not allow for the bio-accumulation of toxins. Also, since commercial shrimpers in Georgia don’t harvest shrimp in advisory areas, you can safely eat Georgia shrimp from your local market as often as you like. Local consumers and the fishing industry will both benefit from more effective communication and a rejuvenated community interest in improving water quality.
Store Bought Seafood
Most popular fish and seafood you buy at the grocery store are extremely low in contaminants like mercury; some great choices are salmon, pollock, cod, haddock, catfish, flounder, crab, scallops, clams, oysters and squid. The FDA recommends that women who are pregnant or are nursing, or may become pregnant and children under age seven should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. People in this sensitive category should also be especially aware of advisories about fish they catch and eat. If you are a woman of childbearing age who is curious about the amount of mercury in our body, please check out our hair testing program.