Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish are a lean and nutritious source of protein. However, some fish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks. Louisiana fish consumption advisories are based on the estimate that the average Louisiana resident eats four fish meals per month (a meal is considered to be 6 ounces of fish for adults and children). If you or your family members eat more than four meals of fish a month from local water bodies, you might increase your health risks.

For current advisories call Al Hindrichs at the Department of Environmental Quality at 225-219-3189, or visit the Louisiana Department of Health for more information about eating fish that may contain chemicals.

Consumption advice for women who are pregnant, nursing or might become pregnant & for young children.  

By following these three recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.

Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish or shellfish to a young child, but serve smaller portions.

• Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish, as these contain high levels of mercury.

• Eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. The five most commonly eaten species that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.

• Up to 6 ounces a week of albacore (“white”) tuna may be consumed since this variety may contain more mercury than light tuna.

• Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces per week of fish caught in local waters. Do not consume any other fish that week.