Did you know that Michigan has over 11,000 lakes, streams, and rivers, as well as the longest freshwater coastline in the United States? Because of this, Michiganders are lucky that we're never far from a great fishing hole.
Unfortunately, though, some of those fishing holes have been polluted with chemicals - including PCBs, dioxins, and mercury*. Over the years, these toxic chemicals on the bottoms of lakes and rivers can build up in fish. You can learn how this happens by clicking the link on the right called "How do chemicals end up in fish?"
Although fish are a healthful food choice, it's important that you know what could possibly be in your fish. When you eat fish that have chemicals in them, the chemicals can build up in your body, too.
You can keep this from happening by choosing to eat fish that are lower in chemicals. The Eat Safe Fish in Michigan brochure, the Eat Safe Fish Guide, and the Statewide Safe Fish Guidelines can help you choose safer fish to eat.
- Quick Start to Safer Fish
Need help identifying that fish you just caught? Look no further! The Quick Start to Safer Fish handout will help you quickly identify fish that can be caught in Michigan. It also shows you generally how safe those fish are to eat. If you eat fish on a regular basis remember to always use the Eat Safe Fish Guide to find the actual guidelines for your fish, lake or river.