Fishing is a popular recreational activity in North Carolina, with our abundant lakes and streams. Fish are highly nutritious (and delicious!) but when you eat your catch, it’s important to know about any health advisories related to eating fish from local waters.

Guide to Triangle fishing sites

Most fish are safe to eat, but some are polluted with dangerous chemicals like mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. When you eat these fish, the chemicals enter your body and may harm your health. You can’t see, smell or taste these chemicals in fish.

What's in your catch?

Some people, including children and women who are pregnant or nursing, are at greater risk of harm when eating fish from polluted areas; but there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals in fish.

How to choose fish wisely

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet. Choose wisely!