OEHHA accepted public comments on draft fish advisories concerning elevated levels of mercury in some fish in the lower Cosumnes River (Sacramento County) and lower Mokelumne River (San Joaquin County).
Fish are nutritious and good for you to eat.
- 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
OEHHA accepted public comments on draft fish advisories concerning elevated levels of mercury in some fish in Lake Berryessa (Napa County), and Putah Creek (Yolo and Solano counties).
Finalized fish advisory concerning levels of mercury in fish from Trinity Lake (also known as Clair Engle Lake), Lewiston Lake, Carrville Pond, the Trinity River upstream of Trinity Lake, and the East Fork Trinity River, all located in northeastern Trinity County.
Note: this advisory was finalized in October 2005.
OEHHA accepted public comments on a draft fish advisory concerning elevated levels of mercury in fish in Trinity Lake and selected water bodies in the Trinity River watershed in Trinity County.
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.
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.
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.
Fish are still recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet. But anglers and their families – especially women of childbearing age and children – should be aware of the presence of mercury in fish from Lake Natoma and the lower American River, and follow our guidelines for safe consumption.
This draft advisory updates and replaces a 1987 state fish advisory for Clear Lake, and expands the advisory to include Bear Creek and Cache Creek. The draft advisory recommends that no one should eat any fish or shellfish from Bear Creek, and limits fish consumption in other areas.