María Villaseñor

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Wito Arce, 65, waits to pull up his crab cage.

Arce checks on the trap at the end of a rope he ties to the pier’s railing. While fishing and crabbing off the Hudson are popular pastimes, the State Health Department warns that women who could become pregnant or children should not eat fish or crabs from the river because of the level of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the water. Those chemicals can accumulate in the body over time. The Health Department recommends people like Arce and his wife only eat a maximum of six crabs a week, and to not eat the “green stuff” in crabs, a digestive gland where PCBs can accumulate.

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