Don't eat the fish on the streets, Newark residents warned... Fish were caught or found in flooded sewers, rivers, streams, and ponds after heavy rains doused Newark, New Jersey. (NEWS 12 NJ photo) MYFOXNY.COM/AP - The fish is not for eating. That's what Newark officials are saying to residents about the fish that have washed onto the streets following recent flooding. The fish were caught or found in flooded sewers, rivers, streams, and ponds after heavy rains doused the city. The alert was issued Monday by the city's Health and Community Wellness Department. Officials urged people to not trap, catch or eat any fish caught on the streets because it's unclear how "exposure to elements outside of their natural domains will affect them." There are several ponds and lakes in the region where fishing is permitting.