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The Michigan Department of Community Health's Eat Safe Fish Guides

 

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  • Some fish contain chemicals that can harm your health.
  • We ONLY test filets of fish taken from Michigan's lakes and river to learn which fish are safer to eat. We do not use the whole fish to determine the fish consumption guidelines.
  • The Eat Safe Fish Guide lists the fish species that have been tested by MDCH and how much is safe to eat.
  • There are 3 simple things you can do to make fish that have PCBs or dioxins in them safer to eat. The Eat Safe Fish in Michigan brochure explains how to choose, clean, and cook your fish and remove some of the chemicals at the same time.

 


To learn how to choose safer fish to eat:


Step 1: Check out the Eat Safe Fish in Michigan brochure to find out if you're at risk from chemicals in fish.

Step 2: If you are, you can use the Eat Safe Fish Guide (formerly known as the Michigan Fish Advisory) for your region to find safer fish to eat:

Click your region on the map or select your county from the list below:


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Select Your County:

Alcona

Alger

Allegan

Alpena

Antrim

Arenac

Baraga

Barry

Bay

Benzie

Berrien

Branch

Calhoun

Cass

Charlevoix

Cheboygan

Chippewa

Clare

Clinton

Crawford

Delta

Dickinson

Eaton

Emmet

Genesee

Gladwin

Gogebic

Grand Traverse

Gratiot

Hillsdale

Houghton

Huron

Ingham

Ionia

Iosco

Iron

Isabella

Jackson

Kalamazoo

Kalkaska

Kent

Keweenaw

Lake

Lapeer

Leelanau

Lenawee

Livingston

Luce

Mackinac

Macomb

Manistee

Marquette

Mason

Mecosta

Menominee

Midland

Missaukee

Monroe

Montcalm

Montmorency

Muskegon

Newaygo

Oakland

Oceana

Ogemaw

Ontonagon

Osceola

Oscoda

Otsego

Ottawa

Presque Isle

Roscommon

Saginaw

Sanilac

Schoolcraft

Shiawassee

St. Clair

St. Joseph

Tuscola

Van Buren

Washtenaw

Wayne

Wexford


If you would prefer a free print copy of any of these Guides, 
please contact MDCH at 1-800-648-6942. Click here to go back to www.michigan.gov/eatsafefish and learn more about choosing and eating safer fish!

 
Wondering why these guidelines might look different than last year's? Check out our frequently asked questions sheet for our new Eat Safe Fish Guides!

 
















































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 About the Eat Safe Fish Guide

  • The MDCH Eat Safe Fish Guides are not rule books.
  • These are only guidelines to help you make safer meal choices for you and your family.
  • You are not required to use the MDCH Eat Safe Fish Guides.
  • The guidelines are made based on the chemical results from tests of filets of fish only.

 

 

How the Eat Safe Fish Guide is Made

 

 

 To get a copy of the DNR Michigan Fishing Guide that lists the legal sizes of fish and other important regulations, visit the DNR's website at www.michigan.gov/fishing.

 

 

Looking for more information?

Click here to print or download any of our fish materials. 

Or you can call 1-800-648-6942 to request that a
MDCH Eat Safe Fish packet be mailed to you.

 

 

 

Return to the Michigan Eat Safe Fish homepage. 

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