Fish and Shellfish Advisories
Alerto de Cangrejos de Tenazas Azules en la Region de la
Bahia de Newark
There are fish and shellfish consumption advisories in place for the Newark Bay
region. Most importantly, everyone should be aware that eating blue claw crabs
from this area may cause cancer and harm brain development in unborn and young
children. People found catching crabs in this area can be fined by the state of
New Jersey. For additional information on the Newark Bay area advisories, please
call toll free 1-866-DEP-KNOW, or visit
Exposure to low levels of some contaminants in the environment may have long
lasting health effects on people. Mercury, PCBs and dioxins are among the major
contaminants found in some New Jersey fish in portions of the state. These
contaminants can be especially harmful to women of childbearing age, pregnant
women and nursing mothers. Children are also at risk of developmental and
neurological problems if exposed to these chemicals.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Department of
Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) provide advice on consuming those species of
fish in which high levels of dioxin, PCBs and mercury have been found.
Click here for the NJDHSS Woman's Guide to Eating Fish
Why we are here...
Newark Bay is part of the New York/New
Jersey Harbor Estuary, which is in the center of one of
the most urbanized and industrialized parts of the
nation. Newark Bay itself is approximately six miles
long and one mile wide and is located at the confluence
of the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers between the shores
of Newark and Elizabeth to the west, Jersey City and
Bayonne to the east, and Staten Island to the south.
Newark Bay is linked to both the Upper and Lower New
York Bay by the Kill Van Kull and the Arthur Kill,
respectively. Port Newark, one of the nation's largest
ports for containerized cargo, is located on the western
shore of Newark Bay and is used to transfer goods from
cargo vessels to rail and truck lines serving the area.
The industrialization and urbanization of the Newark Bay
area resulted in habitat loss, sediment contamination,
degraded water quality, and the need for the area to be
under fish and shellfish consumption bans and
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an
agreement with Occidental Chemical Corporation in 2004
to perform a Newark Bay Study under the authorities of
the Superfund program. This study assesses the nature
and extent of contamination in the Newark Bay area and
will develop cleanup plans to address those problems, as
necessary. The Newark Bay study area includes Newark Bay
and portions of the Hackensack River, the Arthur Kill
and the Kill Van Kull.
For information regarding the Passaic River, please