The Indiana State Department of Health (IDOH) has issued the 2010 Indiana
Fish Consumption Advisory.
In addition to fish consumption advisories for Indiana waters, the advisory
includes information on the health benefits and risks of eating fish,
suggested serving sizes, frequently asked questions, and what to do if you
catch a fish in an unlisted waterbody.
“We have tried to include everything a person might want to know about
eating sport-caught fish in Indiana," IDOH environmental epidemiologist
LaNetta Alexander said. “The advisory is designed to give people advice on
the types of fish that are best choices for you and how often they should be
consumed. Since fish is a great alternate protein source, this guidance can
help you avoid the possible accumulation of harmful contaminants in your
Guidance on purchased fish is also included in the advisory.
This information is available annually through the cooperative efforts of
IDOH, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and the Department
of Natural Resources (DNR).
The advisory is mostly based on fish tissue samples. It is important to note
that a fish advisory on a body of water does not necessarily mean that the
water is unsafe for other recreational activities. If the water posed a
hazard to human health, there would be a separate advisory issued for
recreational activities such as swimming or skiing.
This year, the IDOH has included several new waterbodies, many with
unlimited consumption advice. There is also a 2010 Safe Eating Guidelines
Table that can be used as an overall guidance for most of Indiana’s inland
waters, to be used by all members of the family. In addition, IDOH has
listed other resources of information from DNR, Purdue University and the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The 2010 advisory as well as the other resources mentioned above can be
found by going to
Additional information can be received by calling (317) 351-7190, extension