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A New Advisory and Guideline for Eating Fish in the Bay

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

On May 23 the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an updated health advisory and safe eating guidelines for San Francisco Bay fish and shellfish.

To view the associated press release, report, fact sheet with consumption recommendations, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions go to:  http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/nor_cal/2011SFbay.html
The consumption recommendations, the fish tissue data on which it was based, and related information that may be important to you are all on the My Water Quality website (www.CaWaterQuality.nethttp://cawaterquality.net/ )) under the question,
Is It Safe To Eat Fish And Shellfish From Our Waters?

The new advisory and safe eating guidelines replace interim advice OEHHA issued for San Francisco Bay in 1994.  They are based on fish tissue contaminant data collected by the Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG), a collaborative effort between the State Water Resources Control Boards Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP), the Department of Fish and Game, OEHHA, and others and sponsored by the California Water Quality Monitoring Council.  The new advisory and guidelines also apply to striped bass, white sturgeon, and Chinook (king) salmon that migrate between the bay, ocean, Delta, and rivers flowing into the bay.

If you have any questions on the updated health advisory and safe eating guidelines, please contact Margy Gassel at 510.622.3166 or mgassel@oehha.ca.gov