Fish Consumption Advisories

For the most part, Florida's freshwater fishes are considered safe to eat, but one should be mindful of any health advisories for fish in certain areas.

For the most part, Florida's freshwater fishes are considered safe to eat. Fish consumption advisoriesExternal Website are issued by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in cooperation with the FWC and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to assist anglers in making informed choices on selecting fish to eat from Florida waters.

The most common fish consumption advisory in Florida is for mercury; however, waterbody-specific health advisories have been issued for pesticides, dioxins, and saxitoxins. Visit The Florida Department of Health's Seafood ConsumptionExternal Website website to view all advisories and the most recent updates. The DOH can also be contacted through regular mail or by telephone:

Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Community Environmental Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin# A08
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-1712

Consumption advice about commercially caught fish sold in supermarkets and restaurants can be found in the joint Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) online publication, Joint Federal Advisory for Mercury in Fish. Advisories from other states and tribal agencies are also available online, The Joint Federal Advisory for Mercury in FishExternal Website

In addition, the EPA has recommended guidelinesExternal Website for handling lead, such as in lead sinkers.

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