Fishy Guidelines

written by Nancy Hepp
Research and Communications Specialist

Nancy HeppFour recent items left me scratching my head regarding fish consumption:

If I were pregnant or the parent of a small child, I’d be dismayed at the lack of clarity on this issue. One source—a federal government agency—says that I’m harming my child if I don’t put more fish on the plate, while other sources say just the opposite. Last summer, CHE hosted an hour-long call on fish and health, including a segment on the science behind fish consumption guidelines. The call recording and slides are available at Catch of the Day: Healthy Fish, Healthy Humans.

The benefits of eating fish are inherent in the fish themselves: lean protein, the omega-3 fatty acids and docosahexaenoic (DHA). The risks, however, are partially or mostly caused by human action: mercury, PCBs, lead, cadmium and fire retardants in our waters from  the manufacturing, use and disposal of goods and the burning of fossil fuels for power.

CHE encourages everyone to follow the continuing conversation on fish and health. More importantly, however, we also need to focus on the bigger issue of cleaning up our waterways so that one day we won’t need to decide between the health benefits of consuming fish and the risks.

One thought on “Fishy Guidelines

  1. Human beings are causing so many problems in the quest to make $$$.

    Farmed salmon should be avoided by everyone who cares about their own health and the environment we depend on for life.

    They are subjected to toxic food, toxic pesticides, dyes to make their flesh look like salmon flesh… they develop diseases from overcrowding and unhealthy diets, and spread all this to wild salmon too.

    The waste below the farms is left (what other type of farming is allowed to pollute the land or water like that).

    “Staggering” levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been found in farmed salmon. Prenatal exposure to PCBs has been linked to lower birth weights, smaller head circumferences, and abnormal reflex abilities in newborns and to mental impairment in older children.

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