Most fish are safe to eat, but some found in local Triangle-area waters are polluted with dangerous chemicals such as PCBs and mercury. This map and the corresponding fish advisories are meant to share information to protect your and your family’s health.

Fish consumption advisories recommend limiting or avoiding certain kinds of fish from specific bodies of water due to high levels of pollution. An advisory may be issued for the general public or for specific populations, such as children and women of childbearing age. An advisory for a specific water body may cover one or more fish species or chemical contaminant.

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Click on the colored tabs to view the recommended fish consumption corresponding to locations on the map.

channel catfishDR carpCatfish and Carp: Never eat from here.
Largemouth Bass: Children and women ages 15 to 44 should never eat this from any location in North Carolina. Everyone else can eat 1 serving per month from this location.
DR redear sunfishMost* other fish: Eat up to 1 serving per month.
NOTE: Lake Crabtree County Park enforces a catch-and-release only policy from these waters
DR carpCarp: Never eat more than 1 serving per month from here.
channel catfishDR largemouth bassCatfish and Largemouth Bass: Children and women ages 15 to 44 should never eat this from here. Everyone else can eat 1 serving per month from this location.
DR redear sunfishMost* other fish: Children and women ages 15 to 44 can eat up to 2 servings per week. Everyone else can eat up to 4 servings per week.
channel catfishDR largemouth bassCatfish and Largemouth Bass: Children and women ages 15 to 44 should never eat these fish. Everyone else can eat 1 serving per week.
DR redear sunfishMost* other fish: Children and women ages 15 to 44 can eat up to 2 servings per week. Everyone else can eat up to 4 servings per week.
Across North Carolina, children and women ages 15 to 44 should never eat largemouth bass or other fish high in mercury caught in the state. All other people should eat only one meal per week of these fish.

Southeast of I-85, catfish, black fish (bowfin), Jack fish (chain pickerel), warmouth and yellow perch are high in mercury and should never be eaten by women ages 15 to 44 and children. All other people should eat only one meal per week of these fish.

Why these fish? These and other high-mercury fish live a long time and eat many smaller organisms, allowing chemicals to build up to high levels in their bodies.