How Much Rockfish Is It Safe to Eat?

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 3:28 PM EDT
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How Much Rockfish Is It Safe to Eat?

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How much rockfish is safe to eat? On Wednesday, Maryland environmental officials will update their recommendations to better answer that question.

Currently, Maryland suggests limiting rockfish consumption while advising women and children to avoid rockfish from Atlantic coastal waters altogether.

As rockfish season begins on Saturday, the new guidelines are based on the latest test results, state officials said.

Officials also give advice on the best ways to prepare rockfish to avoid contamination. Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said cutting out fatty sections where contaminants are highest can help reduce exposure.

The two main contaminants in rockfish are PCBs and methylmercury, according to the Department of the Environment.

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