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Patient Education materials about health hazards and issues of toxins or poisons.

Fish and Shellfish

Fish is good for you and part of a healthy diet. Understanding the health benefits of fish along with concerns over contamination such as mercury can be confusing for the immigrants and refugees in the Seattle area who fish in the polluted waters of the Duwamish River. The following resources are provided to help inform about the risks of eating fish from contaminated waters. 

Washington State Department of Health 
Links to sources of information for fish advisories and reducing exposure to contaminants.

Healthy Fish Guide

This Washington State Department of Health resource site contains information about fish and the risk of mercury and other contaminants that consumers, particularly pregnant and nursing mothers should know about.  The following resources have been translated into a few other languages. 

  • Healthy Fish Guide:  This is a small wallet-sized card listing fish that are low in mercury and other contaminants and high in health benefits.  Also lists fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Available in: English | Spanish

Puget Sound: Our Heritage at Risk
This 22-minute video with Cambodian interpretation and English subtitles about the safety of fishing in Puget Sound waters was made by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance in 1992, and sadly enough, the information is still accurate.  View: Puget Sound: Our Heritage at Risk

Additional Resources

The following resources highlight the issues around Puget Sound waters: