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Fish Consumption Advisories

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Public Health Advisories and Guidance on Sport Fish Consumption

Fish are an excellent source of protein and beneficial fats, and are recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet. It is important, however, to choose the fish you eat wisely.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) provides the guidelines below. For more information, visit the OEHHA website at www.oehha.ca.gov/fish or call
(916) 324-7572.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a joint “Federal Advisory for Mercury in Fish” for fish you buy at stores and restaurants. The federal advisory can be found online at www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm110591.htm.

Fish Preparation and consumption

Eat only the fillet portions of fish and the meat of crabs. Cook the fish thoroughly and allow juice to drain away. Do not eat the guts or internal organs because chemicals usually concentrate in these parts. Also, avoid frequent consumption of any reproductive parts such as eggs or roe. If you make stews or chowders, use fillet parts.

Many chemicals are stored in the fat. When advisories are based on PCBs or pesticides (DDTs or dieldrin), skin the fish, when possible, do not eat the skin, and trim any visible fat to reduce the levels of these chemicals. Removing fat will not reduce mercury levels.

SAFE EATING GUIDELINES

OEHHA gives special guidelines for women ages 18-45 years and children 1-17 years because children and fetuses are more sensitive to chemicals. Women over 45 years and men have less risk and can safely eat more fish, as shown in the following tables.

The consumption guidelines in the tables are based on the chemicals noted in each table. Fish consumption recommendations in the following tables are provided as the number of servings per week. A serving is about the size and thickness of your hand. Give children smaller servings.

The guidelines for each species and area assume that no other fish are being eaten in the same week.

These safe eating guidelines are for fish from marine and anadromous waters only. OEHHA’s guidelines for freshwater fish can be found in the CDFW’s Freshwater Sport Fishing regulations booklet, available wherever sport fishing licenses are sold, at your local CDFW office, and online at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.

If you do not see your specific location in these tables, follow OEHHA’s Eating Fish from California Coastal Locations Without Site-Specific Advice located online at oehha.ca.gov/advisories/statewide-advisory-eating-fish-california-coastal-locations-without-site-specific-advice or OEHHA’s Advisory for Fish that Migrate located online at oehha.ca.gov/advisories/advisory-fish-migrate.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

SERVINGS PER WEEK

Species

Women ages 18-45 and children 1-17 years

Women 46 years and Older, and men 18 years and Older

Anadromous Fish*

AdviCe based on mercury

American shad or

3

7

Chinook (king) salmon or

2

7

Striped bass or

Do Not Eat

2

White sturgeon

Do Not Eat

1

Tomales Bay (Marin County)

AdviCe based on mercury

Brown smoothhound shark

Do Not Eat

Do Not Eat

Leopard shark or

Do Not Eat

1

Pacific angel shark or

Do Not Eat

1

Bat rays or

Do Not Eat

1

California halibut or

1

3

Red rock crab or

1

3

Surfperches or

2

7

Jacksmelt

3

7

Mission Bay

AdviCe based on PCBs or mercury

Diamond or spotted turbot, opaleye or

7

7

Topsmelt or

6

7

Black perch, white or rainbow surfperch or

3

7

Shiner or striped mullet or

3

3

Yellowfin croaker or

2

5

Spotted sand bass, brown smoothhound shark

1

3

San Diego Bay

AdviCe based on PCBs or mercury

Diamond or spotted turbot, black perch, pile perch, rainbow surfperch, California lizardfish or

2

2

Round stingray, shovelnose guitarfish or

1

2

Pacific chub mackerel or

1

1

Spotted or barred sand bass, yellowfin croaker, leopard shark, gray smoothhound shark

Do Not Eat

1

Topsmelt, shiner perch

Do Not Eat

Do Not Eat

San Francisco Bay

AdviCe based on mercury

Chinook (king) salmon or

2

7

Brown rockfish or

2

5

Red rock crab or

2

5

Jacksmelt or

2

2

California halibut or

1

2

Striped bass or

Do Not Eat

2

White croaker, skinless fillet only, or

1

1

Sharks or

Do Not Eat

1

White sturgeon

Do Not Eat

1

Surfperches

Do Not Eat

Do Not Eat

Elkhorn Slough

Asian clam (Corbicula),
speckled sanddab or

7

7

Surfperches or

3

4

Bat ray under 24 in. wide or

1

4

Bat ray 24 in. wide or more, leopard shark

Do Not Eat

1

Ventura Harbor to Santa Monica Pier and south of Seal Beach Pier to San Mateo Point

AdviCe based on PCBs or mercury

Jacksmelt or

4

7

Pacific chub mackerel or

2

4

Corbina, yellowfin croaker, queenfish, surfperches,
opaleye, topsmelt or

2

2

California halibut, rockfishes, barred sand bass, white croaker, shovelnose guitarfish or

1

2

Sargo, kelp bass, sardines, California scorpionfish (sculpin) or

1

1

Barracuda, black croaker

Do Not Eat

1

Santa Monica Beach south of Santa Monica Pier to Seal Beach Pier

AdviCe based on PCBs or mercury

Jacksmelt or

4

7

Pacific chub mackerel or

2

4

Corbina, yellowfin croaker, queenfish, surfperches,
opaleye or

2

2

California halibut, rockfishes, shovelnose guitarfish or

1

2

Sargo, kelp bass, sardines, California scorpionfish (sculpin), or

1

1

Barracuda, black croaker

Do Not Eat

1

Topsmelt, barred sand bass, white croaker

Do Not Eat

Do Not Eat

Statewide Advisory for Eating Fish from California Coastal Locations without Site-Specific Advice

Small flatfish or

6

6

Topsmelt, barred, rainbow spotfin or white surfperch, black or pile perch or

2

6

Shiner perch, silver or walleye surfperch or

2

2

Black, blue, brown,kelp, olive,rosethorn, or vermilion rockfish or

1

4

Barred sand bass, cabezon, kelp bass, lingcod or

1

2

California corbina or

1

1

Black-and-yellow, China, copper, or gopher rockfish, sharks

Do Not Eat

1