The Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project is a multi-year initiative of the New York State Department of Health. The goal of the Project is for all anglers and others who eat fish from the Hudson River to know about and follow the New York State fish advisories. The project area extends from Hudson Falls to the New York City Battery.
In short, the Project aims to:
To reach people along nearly 400 miles of the Hudson, local partnerships are critical. The New York State Department of Health works in partnership with other state and local agencies and many other groups that share our goal - and we welcome new partners.
We reach out to both people who fish the Hudson and to their family members. Partners include:
In 2008, we awarded $60,500 in small grants to four community groups for outreach to encourage anglers and other fish consumers to follow the Department's Hudson River fish advisories. This level of funding support continued until 2014, when, through a new Request For Applications, we expanded the funding to about $90,000 annually to six organizations.
We continue to fund two of our original partners Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rockland County and CCE of Dutchess County. These partners work with the Rockland Department of Health and Americorps program, and coordinate fish consumption surveys of area families through CCE Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Greene and Orange counties.
We welcome new funded partners:
Connecting at the local level, these partners promote awareness of the health advice, help us learn more about who is eating Hudson fish, and develop educational tools and outreach activities. Grantees work in a variety of settings, from fishing locations on the river to nutrition programs, clinic waiting rooms, community events, food pantries, and in programs with students and youth groups. Since 2009, project partners have reached over 5,000 school children and nearly 3,000 adults through environmental programs. Each spring Transport of Rockland County has collaborated in posting the health advice in English and Spanish on public buses with an annual ridership of nearly three million people.
The New York State Department of Health has developed many free materials to convey the health advice on eating Hudson fish, including brochures, wallet cards, posters, a coloring book and a "Cut the Fat to Cut PCBs" magnet. The coloring book can be found in health provider waiting rooms and in municipal offices that sell fishing licenses. Help us get out the advice.
New York State Department of Health and our project partners reach out to people who eat Hudson River fish by attending county fairs and riverfront festivals, health fairs, and through many other venues. We work with local officials and other landowners to post advisory signs at fishing locations.
In 2014, we developed an interactive "Go Fish" game that helps children learn the health advice in a fun way. Please join us as a partner:
Let us know if you want to become a partner in a more active manner, to be notified of new materials and other updates, or if you would like to be informed of new Hudson fish advisory funding opportunities.
This information is provided by the NYS Department of Health. If you are interested in finding out more about the Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Project, please call 518-402-7530 or 1-800-458-1158 or email email@example.com. Also visit their website at health.ny.gov/hudsonriverfish or here at NYS Health Advice on Eating Sportfish and Game.
Last updated July 10, 2023