Louisiana 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 and more information:
- Call Al Hindrichs (225-219-3189) at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ)
- Visit LDEQ's website
- Visit the Louisiana Department of Health's website.
For Women of Childbearing Age and Young Children
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, women who are of childbearing age (16-49 years), especially pregnant and nursing women, and parents and caregivers of young children - should follow these guidelines to make sure they're eating healthy and safe seafood.
- Eat two to three servings a week from the "Best Choices" list OR one serving from the "Good Choices" list.
- Eat a variety of fish.
- Serve one to two servings of fish a week to children, starting at age 2.
- If you eat fish caught by family or friends, check for fish advisories. If there is no advisory, eat only one serving and no other fish that week.
See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.