With fishing season underway in Wisconsin, you may be enjoying some freshly caught fish. Eating fish is part of a healthy diet, as fish are generally low in calories and fat and high in protein. However, some fish contain chemicals that can hurt a person’s health. For this reason, it is important to check fish advisories online and choose which fish to eat based on these advisories.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) updates fish advisories periodically. These advisories contain information specific to women of childbearing age, children under the age of 15, men, and older women. You can search your specific county and water body location at the DNR website: http://dnr.wi.gov/FCSExternalAdvQry/FishAdvisorySrch.aspx
Children and women who are pregnant, or who may become pregnant, are most impacted by these chemicals in fish. Following the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) and the DNR’s information for choosing safe fish to eat reduces the chances of eating fish with harmful chemicals.
Eating the right fish provides us with many nutritional benefits. Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which support crucial brain development in babies and heart health for all. Fish are also a source of high-quality protein. Since fish are naturally low in calories, they can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
For more information about safe fish consumption, visit the DHS website https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/environmental/fish.htm or contact Emmy Wollenburg at 608-267-3242 or the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.