Fish and Fishing

Fish and Fishing

Management and Sustainability

Fish Watch: U.S. Seafood Facts
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
This federal Website helps you choose which fish are safe enough and plentiful enough to eat. Here you can learn what fish have high levels of mercury and other toxins and which fish have been overfished and should be avoided. You can also learn the different nutritional benefits of specific species of fish.
OCEANA: North America
OCEANA is an activist organization created to protect and restore the world's oceans. It uses teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates to obtain policy changes to reduce pollution and prevent the irreversible loss of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. This is their North American Web page where you can learn about these issues, the work OCEANA does, and how you can help.
Seafood Watch Issues
(Monterey Bay Aquarium)
Issues such as bycatch, aquaculture, habitat damage, and overfishing are highlighted at this Monterey Bay Aquarium site. You can also get a consumer seafood guide at this site and search the extensive "fish cards" for information about which seafood you can buy, catch, or eat, that is "good for you and good for the oceans."


(SC Department of Natural Resources)
Check here to learn about fishing in South Carolina. Regulations for freshwater, saltwater, nongame, and lake fishing are included. Find out about shellfish harvesting and where public sites are located. You can also find out about license fees and apply for licenses online. Tide tables, fishing trends, fish records, and lots more fishing-related information is on this site.


Fish Consumption Advisories
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
The states have primary responsibility for protecting residents from the health risks of contaminated fish, but the federal government also issues advisories and information about contaminants in fish and wildlife. Learn about national advisories from press releases and fact sheets. Contacts for federal, state, territory, tribal and Canadian advisories are also available. Read about Fish Consumption, Fish Where You Live, Technical Information, and more.
Marine Toxins
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Read about the kinds of chemicals that occur in the oceans and seas and contaminate certain seafood. This is a series of questions and answers about the most common diseases caused by marine toxins in the United States. Learn about symptoms, treatments, long-term effects, and prevention of scombrotoxic fish poisoning, ciguatera poisoning, paralytic shellfish poisoning, neurotoxic shellfish poisoning and amnesic shellfish poisoning.
Links to sites reviewed for Hands on Health-SC about the dangers of mercury contamination in fish and the environment.
Fish Consumption Advisories
(South Carolina Deparmtnet of Health and Environmental Control)
This SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) site provides important public health information (e.g., "why are some fish not safe to eat?") regarding the state's fish populations. It includes news release, frequently asked questions, and maps that show you where it is safe to catch fish to eat.

Last Modified: Wednesday January 21, 2015 10:03 AM