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

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.
Jan 24, 2003: Discussion of Draft Report Evaluation of Potential Health Effects of Eating Fish from Selected Water Bodies in the Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills (Nevada, Placer, and Yuba Counties): Guidelines for Sport Fish Consumption
OEHHA announced a public workshop/comment period on the draft report, "Evaluation of Potential Health Effects of Eating Fish from Selected Water Bodies in the Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills (Nevada, Placer, and Yuba Counties): Guidelines for Sport Fish Consumption."

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