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Pay attention to fish advisories

  • Use the guide to fishing sites in the Triangle to know which fish are safest to eat at the places where you fish

  • If fishing outside of the Triangle-area, visit the DHHS fish advisory page to find fish advisory information for your area

  • Pay attention to different risks for children and women between the ages of 15 and 44, who are more vulnerable to PCBs and mercury than others.

Keep track of how much fish you eat

  • Eat a variety of fish from choices that are lower in mercury and other contaminants

  • Know your servings! An adult serving is 6 ounces, about the size of the palm of your hand

  • Offer children smaller servings

Only eat the skinless fillet

  • Mercury builds up in organs and PCBs build up in fat

  • Mercury and PCBs remain in a fish when it’s cooked whole

  • The fillet is the least-contaminated part of the fish

  • Eating only the skinless fillet reduces your exposure to PCBs and mercury