Sport Fish Consumption Advisories
Important facts to know if you eat
the fish you catch in California
State of California
Winston H. Hickox
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORIES
AND GUIDANCE ON SPORT FISH
Fish are nutritious and good for you to eat. But some fish you
catch may take in toxic chemicals from the water they live in and
the food they eat. Some of these chemicals build up in the fish—
and in you—over time. Although the chemical levels are usually
low, it is a good idea to follow a few precautions in consuming fish,
particularly if you eat fish often. The purpose of this brochure is to
guide you to eat the fish you catch in ways that reduce your
exposure to chemicals.
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
provides specific consumption advice in this booklet for fish taken
in areas where high levels of chemicals have been found in fish.
However, because contamination levels are unknown for many
locations, OEHHA also provides general advice on how to reduce
your exposure to chemicals in non-commercial fish, referred to as
sport fish, that you, your family, or friends catch.
These advisories are not intended to discourage you from eating
fish entirely. Fish are nutritious and an excellent source of protein.
The advisories should be followed to make your sport fish eating
OEHHA can provide more information on the advisories and
the health effects of chemical contaminants in the fish. OEHHA
also has an illustrated brochure giving general advice. The
brochure can be requested in several different languages. To stay
current for updates and to request additional information, please
check the OEHHA Web site at www.oehha.ca.gov or contact the
Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Section (PETS) of OEHHA
in Sacramento or Oakland at the address given on the back cover
of this booklet.
You can reduce your exposure to chemical contaminants in
sport fish by following the recommendations