How are advisories developed?
The Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP ) the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC),
and The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
operate jointly to determine if environmental chemicals are present
in fish from Florida waters. In most instances FFWCC determines
what fish species should be sampled and collects those samples.
DEP measures the levels of chemicals in the fish tissue. DOH
determines the potential for adverse human health effects from consuming
the fish and issues fish consumption advisories when needed.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS )
on issues related to commercially available seafood (grocery stores,
etc) in Florida
How is the public informed?
DOH provides a booklet
that includes the fish consumption advisories that are in effect
each year. Multiple copies of the booklet will be available in the near future from each county
health departments. The other participating agencies may also
have copies of the booklet available at their regional offices. The latest advisories are posted on the "
Fish Consumption Advisory Website "
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