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July 12, 2011

Eating Vermont Fish can be Good for You and the Environment

Eat healthy -- and help the environment? You can do both according to a new Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department webpage that reminds anglers of some of the benefits of eating the fish they catch.

People fish for a variety of reasons including connecting with friends and family, spending time outdoors, enjoying the thrill of catching fish, and harvesting food for the table. While many anglers practice catch-and-release fishing, and take great care to release fish alive, keeping some fish for the table is also a popular tradition in Vermont and can provide several rewards beyond a fun day on the water.

Vermont’s fish are nutritious, providing a healthy source of protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the brain and heart. The new webpage includes a table listing some common fish and meats and their omega-3 content.

Eating Vermont fish can also be good for the environment because it means “eating local” -- requiring less fossil fuel to get the meal to the dinner table. Vermont’s fish come from fisheries that are managed sustainably, in contrast with some ocean fisheries that have suffered from over-harvest; and the cost of a fishing license goes directly toward conserving fish populations and their habitats.

Some people are concerned about mercury in fish. Fish is a good source of protein, and low in fat. You can get the benefits of eating fish by following the Vermont Fish Advisory guidelines about the types of fish to eat, how often and how much you eat. Specific advisories have been developed for women of childbearing age - particularly pregnant women, women planning to get pregnant and breast feeding mothers - and children age 6 years and younger. There are also advisories for all Vermonters. Remember to consider all sources of fish you eat when making your meal choices.

“Our understanding of the risks and benefits of eating fish has continued to evolve over the past few years, and the simple message is that fish is good food when you choose wisely,” said Jud Kratzer, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s webpage on eating fish can be viewed at http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish_advisory.cfm and includes a link to the Vermont Department of Health’s fish consumption advisory page (http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/fish_alert/documents/Fish_Alert_2007.pdf

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: July 12, 2011 07:59:19