Fish

Fish are nutritious and good for you to eat.

Fish advisories map

  • Fish are an excellent source of protein and most are low in saturated fats.
  • Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce your risk for heart disease and improve how the brain develops in unborn babies and children.
  • But some fish you catch may take in toxic chemicals from the water in which they live and the food they eat.
  • Some of these chemicals build up in the fish - and in you - over time.
  • Check our Fish Advisories for help on how to pick the best fish for you and your family.

About Good Catch California

Your Fish Advisor

Good Catch California is the fish advisory program in OEHHA.  We provide advice to help you choose fish to eat that are low in chemicals.  Making good choices will help you and your family be healthy.

Reports, Notices, Documents

Jan 20, 2005: OEHHA Finalizes Advisory on Mercury in Fish in Clear Lake, Cache Creek and Bear Creek
OEHHA has finalized a fish advisory concerning elevated levels of mercury in fish in Clear Lake, Cache Creek and Bear Creek (Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties).  This region has an abundance of naturally occurring mercury as a result of both natural processes and mining activity and some of the mercury has worked its way into the fish.
Oct 14, 2004: Study Shows Elevated Levels of Mercury, PCBs in Fish
Studies found elevated levels of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other contaminants in several species of fish from ten reservoirs in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and Santa Clara counties.
Oct 5, 2004: OEHHA Releases Advisory on Mercury in Fish in Tomales Bay
OEHHA has finalized a fish advisory concerning elevated levels of mercury in fish in Tomales Bay in Marin County.  “With the exception of sharks, fish caught in Tomales Bay can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. But the public – and particularly women of childbearing age and children – should monitor and limit their fish consumption to avoid excessive exposure to mercury,” OEHHA Director Dr. Joan Denton said.

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