Fish Consumption Advice for Alaskans
Monitoring efforts should focus on long-lived resident freshwater species such as whitefish, lake trout, blackfish, burbot, pike, cisco, sheefish and char.
General Guidelines to Minimize Exposure to Contaminants from Fish
In addition to the mercury-specific guidelines discussed in this document, there are steps the general public can take to minimize their exposure to mercury or other contaminants in fish. These include:
Eat smaller fish (subject to minimum size limit regulations). In addition to tasting better, younger, smaller fish have had less time to accumulate mercury and other contaminants than older, larger fish. Consuming smaller fish reduces health risks due to mercury exposure.
Eat smaller meals when you eat large fish, and eat large fish less often. Freeze part of your catch to space the meals out over time.
Eat fish that are less contaminated, such as wild Alaska salmon or smaller halibut.
By following these simple tips, people can enjoy the many health benefits of fish consumption while minimizing their potential risk of contaminant exposure.