Food Advisory: Fish

If you fish in freshwater and eat your catch, it’s important to keep up to date on the Freshwater Fish Consumption Advisory List, published by the MA Department of Health. Decide whether to eat your catch based on the pollutants in the fish. See Neponset Watershed pollution warnings below.

Contact the MA Department of Public Health, Center for Environmental Health, with any questions:  617-624-5757.

Ponkapoag Pond, Canton

Because of mercury pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any largemouth bass or chain pickerel from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of largemouth bass and chain pickerel to two meals per month.

Massapoag Lake, Sharon

Because of mercury pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any largemouth bass from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of largemouth bass to two meals per month.

Neponset River (Boston, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Norwood, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood)

Between Hollingsworth & Vose Dam in Walpole and Walter Baker Dam in Boston. Because of PCB and DDT pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any fish from this water body. The general public should not consume any American eel or white sucker from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of non-affected fish from this water body to two meals per month.

FishermanCanton River (between Neponset River and Neponset St. dam), Canton

Because of PCB and DDT pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any fish from this water body. The general public should not consume any American eel or white sucker from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of non-affected fish from this water body to two meals per month.

Mother Brook (between Charles River and Knight Street Dam), Dedham, Boston

Because of mercury and DDT pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any carp, largemouth bass, or white sucker from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of carp, largemouth bass and white sucker to two meals per month.

Mother Brook (between Knight Street Dam and Neponset River), Boston

Because of PCB and DDT pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any fish from this water body. The general public should not consume any American eel and white sucker from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of non-affected fish from this water body to two meals per month.

Pettee Pond, Walpole & Westwood

Because of mercury pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any largemouth bass from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of largemouth bass to two meals per month.

Reservoir Pond, Canton

Because of mercury pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any largemouth bass or white perch from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of largemouth bass and white perch to two meals per month.

Willett Pond, Walpole, Westwood & Norwood

Because of mercury pollution, children younger than 12 years of age, pregnant women, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should not eat any largemouth bass from this water body. The general public should limit consumption of largemouth bass to two meals per month.

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