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NM EPHT Environmental Exposure: Fish

Safe Fish Consumption from New Mexico Lakes and Rivers

Fish are nutritious and are an important part of a healthy diet. However, some fish may contain contaminants at levels that could lead to health problems.

The State of New Mexico periodically collects fish from water bodies across the State and analyzes those fish for contaminants. Based on the results of those analyses, we have developed recommendations for fish consumption (expressed in meals per month).  To learn about safe fish consumption see these resources:

In some New Mexico fish, three particular contaminants have been detected at levels that could result in health problems from long term fish consumption, such as for weeks, months, or longer. These contaminants are mercury , polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT). Eating fish for which there is a consumption advisory may not make you feel sick, but long term consumption of such fish could increase your risk for a variety of health problems. Use the guide listed above to learn how you can minimize your comsumption of these contaminants and how you can properly clean and prepare the fish you catch.

The images below illustrate the slides from a presentation on the fish tissue sampling project.

Fish slide 1

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Fish slide 3

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