Matt Conens, Heather Bourbeau (916) 440-7259
San Francisco Bay Area residents need to choose wisely when it comes to eating fish caught in the Bay, warns Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer.
CDPH, in collaboration with state and local health agencies and community groups, has been posting warning signs this summer at popular fishing locations throughout the San Francisco Bay. The signs are a reminder that some fish may contain harmful chemicals including mercury, which can negatively affect how the brain develops in unborn babies and children, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a probable carcinogen.
Men over 17 years of age and women over 45 years are less susceptible to harm from mercury and PCBs, and can safely eat greater amounts of fish from the San Francisco Bay. They should:
The San Francisco Bay Fish Project was created in partnership with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, Bay Area Clean Water Agencies, Western States Petroleum Association, Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association, and the Aquatic Science Center.
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