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Fish are Important for Superior Health (FISH) Project

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet.  Catching and eating fish are a part of the history and culture of the Great  Lakes region.

You can eat FISH!

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Benefits outweigh risks if you eat fish low in mercury and other contaminants.

Fish are a source of lean protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Women who are or may become pregnant need to be more careful about which fish they eat (and how often) because mercury has a greater effect on a fetus.

Mercury is in all fish but the amount depends on the species and size (age). Some species have higher levels of mercury than others because of what they eat and how long they live. These species should be eaten less often.

Mercury is not removed through cooking and cleaning-it gets into the flesh of the fish. However, you can reduce the amount of other contaminants like PCBs by removing fat when you clean and cook fish.

Fish are Important for Superior Health
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