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Maryland gets new rockfish guidelines

How much rockfish is safe to eat?

Maryland environmental officials are increasing their recommendations.

State officials now say it’s OK to eat three meals a month, up from two under the old guidelines. That’s for the general population and for smaller striped bass caught in the Chesapeake Bay. The new guidelines were announced Tuesday in Baltimore.

The state also no longer recommends that women and children avoid certain striped bass.

The guidelines are based on new test results and are being released as the rockfish season prepares to open on Saturday.

The Maryland Department of the Environment says the two main contaminants in rockfish are PCBs and methylmercury. Officials say cutting out fatty sections where contaminants are highest can help reduce exposure.

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