Michigan Fish Advisory Available

May 24, 2002


Michigan Department of Community Health Director, James K. Haveman, Jr., today announced that the 2002 Michigan Fish Advisory, which shows which sport fish are best for you and least contaminated to eat, is available online and is also currently being distributed separately so that women of childbearing age and children have this important information.


"Not only is the 2002 Michigan Fish Advisory available online, but we are also distributing it to local health departments, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics, hospitals, physicians and Native American tribal leaders," said Haveman.  "This distribution is extremely important because women of childbearing age, unborn children and young children are sensitive to chemicals that build up in fish over time."


For adults, eating Michigan sport fish can be a healthy choice.  Anglers and their families can use the fish advisory to get the benefits of eating fish by choosing safer types of fish, safer places to catch fish, safer ways to prepare fish, and moderation in how often and how much fish is eaten.


Copies of the Michigan Fish Advisory are available from the Department's health promotion clearinghouse at 1-800-454-8041.  It can also be found on the Department web site at www.michigan.gov/mdch by clicking on "Statistics and Reports" and is located under "Quick Links."