Fish Consumption Guidelines
Sport fish caught in Georgia are generally good quality and safe to eat.
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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.
People can find out exactly which fish are safe to eat in their area by reviewing the Environmental Protection Division’s Fish Consumption Guidelines. 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.
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: