Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan

Fishing is a fun way to get outdoors. Fish can be a nutritious part of a balanced diet. Eating fish provides an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fats, and other essential nutrients. However, depending on the type, size, and number of fish eaten, people may be at risk for eating harmful chemicals in the fish they eat.

Hamilton Harbour’s water quality has improved over the last 30 years, but there are still some chemicals in the water and sediment that can collect in fish such as poychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs), mercury, and dioxin-like PCBs. A polluted fish may not taste, look, or smell different than a fish that is not polluted. The chemicals are too small to see with the human eye. That’s why it’s so important to follow the advice for choosing and eating fish.

This booklet is for Hamilton Harbour only. It is meant to provide an easy-to-understand summary of the advice given in the Guide to Eating Ontario Fish, so you can make the best choices to eat safe fish from Hamilton Harbour.