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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Can I eat fish from the Willamette River?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) updated its fish advisory on April 11, 2018.  OHA advises people limit eating some fish found in the Lower Willamette and avoiding other fish altogether due to contaminants.

Not to eat: Carp, brown bullhead, bass, walleye, and other resident fish (fish that live their whole lives in the Lower Willamette) should not be eaten at all. These fish have high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pose a risk to human health.

Limited eating: The advisory recommends eating no more than two black crappie per month.   

Note: The advisory does not apply to migratory fish like salmon, steelhead, and shad.

Additional Resources

Oregon Health Authority's April 2018 fish advisory for the Lower Willamette River through Portland.

Oregon Health Authority's additional fish advisories:

Oregon Health Authority's 2014 Portland Harbor Health Assessment