State Issues Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory using Baykeeper’s Mercury Data

State Issues Humboldt Bay Fish Advisory using Baykeeper’s Mercury Data

On Tuesday, the State of California issued an official fish advisory for Humboldt Bay using data from Humboldt Baykeeper’s recent study of mercury in fish and shellfish.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) also used studies of PCBs, DDT, and other contaminants in Humboldt Bay fish dating from 1990 to 2016 to develop the guidelines.

The advisory addresses eight species of fish, some of which are safe to eat up to seven times a week. Only leopard shark is list as unsafe to consume in any amounts. Lingcod is considered safe for children and women of childbearing age to eat one serving a week. An adult serving is eight ounces uncooked (four ounces cook), while a child’s serving is half that size.

For coastal areas without site-specific guidance, OEHHA issued a guide to eating fish from the California coast in 2016.

Baykeeper sampled California halibut, clams, oysters, and other species that are not included in OEHHA’s advisory. Click HERE to download Baykeeper’s recommendations for eating fish and shellfish from Humboldt Bay.

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