Advice About Eating Fish

Advice About Eating Fish

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Milwaukee Riverkeeper and 23 other organizations submitted comments on proposed revisions to fish consumption guidance or “Advice About Eating Fish” from the FDA/EPA. We are concerned the revisions would put at risk low-income pregnant women, young children and high fish consumption populations, including communities of color.

The proposed advice states that pregnant women and children should “eat 8 to 12 ounces of a variety of fish [and shellfish] each week from choices that are lower in mercury.” In summary, although it is important to promote increased fish consumption for pregnant women and children, it is important to do so in a way that incorporates the latest science affirming that we should all reduce the ingestion of mercury and methylmercury. This fish advisory must include promoting consumption of commonly available low-cost, high-nutrition fish species, such as sardines, salmon, and selected mackerel species. Consumption of canned, frozen and fresh tuna and other higher mercury fish species should be discouraged because they pose a significant health threat, if eaten weekly, especially among pregnant women and other high-risk populations.

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Our mission is to protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds. We envision a future in which people from all walks of life can enjoy the healthy waterways of the Milwaukee River Basin. Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition ensuring clean water and strong communities. We are working to achieve swimmable, fishable rivers for future generations throughout the Milwaukee Rive Basin.