Interactive version of the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish.
The interactive map displays all of the lakes and rivers from the guide with the corresponding consumption advisories.
The map helps you quickly find information by:
Updates and additions to consumption advisories published in the 2013-2014 edition of the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish will be listed here. Please check this section periodically.
We publish the Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish every two years to provide detailed information on the quantities of Ontario sport fish that can be safely eaten based on Health Canada’s health protection values.
Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, because they are a source of Omega 3 fatty acids, high in quality protein and low in saturated fat, but in some cases care must be taken because of contaminant levels in the fish.
Anglers can use the guide to identify species and angling destinations with lower contaminant levels. The 2013-2014 edition includes advice for sport fish from more than 2,200 lakes, rivers and streams around the province including Canadian waters of the Great Lakes.
Started in 1976, the province’s program for monitoring contaminants in sport fish is one of the largest of its kind in North America.
Women of child-bearing age and children under 15 are more sensitive to the effects of contaminants found in some sport fish. The Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish provides more stringent advice for this group (sensitive population).
Learn more from our publication Contaminants in sport fish: important information for protecting your family.
Sport fish samples are analyzed to determine if they contain substances such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and furans, mirex and other pesticides, as well as contaminants of emerging concern such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and perfluoroalkyl/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) also known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) [including perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)].
The results are used to develop the tables in the guide which give size-specific consumption advice for each species tested from each location. This advice is based on Health Canada's health-protection values.
In addition to the online version, copies of the guide are available to the public free of charge at select government offices and retail outlets. To order a guide through the mail, please fill out this form.
Before you go fishing, check here for the latest information on recreational fishing regulations in Ontario.
Check here to learn more about obtaining a fishing license for Ontario.
Contact the Sport Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program at 416-327-6816, 1-800-820-2716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.