Where can I find fish consumption advisories for my state?

Most states have set fish (and wildlife) consumption advisories and recommended consumption levels. The state agency responsible for these limits varies. Examples of consumption advisory information can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency's Consumption Advisories website.

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Are sturgeon and catfish related?

No. Although sturgeon and catfish can be found in the same habitats and they both have barbels (whiskerlike growths extending from the jaw), they are not closely related. Sturgeon are much more primitive than catfish. There are some catfish sold for aquariums that look somewhat like sturgeon, and some fish have common names that are misleading (i...

What is the largest freshwater fish?

Sturgeon are the largest of the freshwater fish. The beluga sturgeon in Russia is the largest freshwater fish in the world. The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America. White sturgeon have been reported to reach lengths of 15-20 feet and weights of nearly one ton. The second largest freshwater fish in North America is the...

Are lamprey and hagfish related?

Yes. Lamprey and hagfish are both jawless fishes. They are the only living members of the taxonomical class Agnatha (Greek for “no jaws”).
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Cleaning Mackerel  Penobscot Bay fishermen cleaning mackerel near their saltwater farm, 1891
January 18, 2017

Penobscot Bay Fishermen Clean Mackerel

Penobscot Bay fishermen cleaning mackerel near their saltwater farm. The shore mackerel fishery documented in Alexander and colleagues’ paper lasted for over 100 years.

Fish Slam 2016 - cooler of electrofishing examples
August 5, 2016

Fish Slam 2016 - cooler of electrofishing examples

Fish Slam 2016 - cooler of electrofishing examples

Commercial lake fishing
April 25, 2012

Commercial lake fishing

In the photo, commercial fishermen collect seafood on the U.S. Great Lakes.

Attribution: Ecosystems, Midcontinent
Lake Whitefish
November 4, 2006

Lake Whitefish

Lake Whitefish from our fall survey.