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Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Eat fish, be smart

Seafood and fish are good for your heart and brain. Both are low in fat, high in protein, and rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3's provide protection from heart disease and are an important brain food for you, your children, and your unborn child.

Fish consumption guidelines are designed to help you gain these health benefits while protecting you and your family from contaminants found in fish. The key is to make smart choices, and choose fish that are low in mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants. In general, younger, smaller fish have fewer contaminants.

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Education Materials

Seafood Guide

Use this Seafood Guide to make smart choices about the types of fish you eat. This wallet-sized card can be taken to the grocery store, restaurants, and when going fishing.

Download the guide for printing:

You can also order these guides by emailing: ehap.info@state.or.us

Seafood Guide
Shellfish Harvesting

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) jointly issue shellfish safety closures to protect recreational shellfish harvesters from consuming clams or mussels contaminated with harmful biotoxins.

  • Always check the biotoxin status of a beach you want to harvest shellfish from by visiting the ODA Shellfish Safety Closure website  or call the Shellfish Safety Hotline: 503-986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474 toll free.
Fishing Guide and Regulations
Information on fish and fishing regulations can be found on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife website: Fishing Resources

Contaminants in Fish



Current Oregon Fish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines

Fish advisories are designed to help you gain the health benefits of eating fish while protecting you and your family from contaminants sometimes found in fish. Please note: Not all of Oregon’s waters have been sampled for contaminants in fish. For more information about fish advisories in Oregon, or contaminants in fish and their health effects, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-877-290-6767.

Select a region on the map or refer to the table below for local fish advisories and consumption guidelines.

No current advisories in the Northwest regionNo current advisories in the Northeast regionClick for Columbia River fish advisoriesClick for Snake River fish advisoriesClick for Southeast Oregon Fish AdvisoriesClick for Southwest Oregon Fish AdvisoriesClick for Central Oregon fish advisoriesClick for Willamette Region fish advisories

MEALS PER MONTH
Zone
Waterbody
Contaminant
Affected fish species
Vulnerable population*
Everyone else
COLUMBIA Bonneville Dam at Bradford Island, extending one mile upstream to Ruckel Creek All resident fish 0 0
Mid-Columbia River from Ruckel Creek to McNary Dam All resident fish 4 4
SOUTHWEST Applegate Lake Large and smallmouth bass and yellow perch 2 5
Panfish (bluegill and crappie) 4 13
Cooper Creek Reservoir All resident fish 1 4
Emigrant Reservoir All resident fish except rainbow trout 1 3
Galesville Reservoir All resident fish 1 4
Plat I Reservoir All resident fish 2 6
CENTRAL East Lake All resident fish 1 3
Brown trout (16 inches or longer) 0 1
SOUTHEAST Antelope Reservoir All resident fish 0 1
Jordan Creek All resident fish 0 1
Owyhee Reservoir All resident fish 1 3
Owyhee River upstream to Three Forks All resident fish 2 6
Phillips Reservoir Yellow perch 2 5
WILLAMETTE Columbia Slough All resident fish 2 2
Cottage Grove Reservoirs All resident fish except stocked, fin-clipped rainbow trout (12 inches or less) 0 1
Dorena Reservoirs 1 4
Portland Harbor (Lower Willamette River) All resident fish; avoid eating carp, bass and catfish 0 1
Willamette River mainstem including Coast Fork All resident fish 1 4
SNAKE RIVER Snake River including Brownlee Reservoir and Powder River arm All resident fish 3 8

*Vulnerable population includes children under age 6, women of childbearing age and people with thyroid or immune system problems. = Mercury     = PCBs, dioxins and/or certain pesticides

“Resident” fish spend their entire lives within a certain territory, and do not migrate.
“Migratory” fish such as salmon, steelhead, shad and lamprey, spend most of their lives at sea, and contain less localized contaminants. In general, smaller, younger fish have fewer contaminants.


Fish Cleaning Guidelines

Follow these fish cleaning guidelines to reduce your exposure to PCBs and other fat-soluble contaminants.

What is a Meal?

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand, or 1 ounce of uncooked fish for every 20 pounds of body weight.

  • 160 pound adult = 8 oz.
  • 80 pound child = 4 oz.
Contaminants and their Health Effects

Mercury and PCBs accumulate in our bodies over time and are passed on to developing fetuses through the placenta. Children’s brains go through extraordinary development in the womb and during the first six years of life. Mercury and PCBs can interfere with normal brain development and cause lifelong learning disabilities. PCBs can also cause cancer in children and adults.