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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/14/2011

How much rockfish is safe to eat?

Now you can eat this bad boy three times a month. (By Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
Once upon a time the most fearsome creature lurking in the great benthos was a toothy narwal, or perhaps a giant squid plotting to yank fishermen to the bottom of the ocean. But no more.

Today, contaminant-laden fish on our dinnerplates is the real cause for concern and — despite new recommendations by Maryland’s environmental officials — rockfish and smaller striped bass found in the Chesapeake Bay still aren’t safe to eat every night.

So how often can you eat them? Three times a month is fine, up from two meals a month under the old guidelines, say state officials.

Make the most of the new guidelines with this recipe from The Post’s food vault. (Just make sure to cut out the fatty bits where contaminants such as methylmercury and PCBs are at their highest.)

Read the full story for more details on the new guidelines.

And check out The Post’s past coverage of illegal rockfish poaching in the Chesapeake.

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