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Eat Safe Fish Guide


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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: Use the Eat Safe Fish Guide (formerly known as the Michigan Fish Advisory) for your region to find safer fish to eat:

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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



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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