Department of Public Health’s Shellfish Program is managed by the Environmental
Management Branch (EMB) and the Food and Drug Branch (FDB) within the Center for
Environmental Health. EMB manages the state’s Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program
and also regulates the commercial molluscan shellfish aquaculture industry for
all pre-harvest elements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP).
FDB is responsible for all post-harvest elements of the NSSP and has additional
responsibilities, including the monitoring for marine toxins in other commercial
fisheries (for example, crab, anchovy) in collaboration with the California
Department of Fish and Wildlife and the regulation of manufacturers and
distributors of seafood products. For more information on these programs use the
links under the Program Information heading.