Fish Resource Links
- USEPA/FDA Recommendations for Fish Consumption
- USEPA/FDA Commercial Fish Advice
- Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish Regulation Books
- Department of Public Health Fish Information
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Fish Mercury Project
- Southern California Fish Contamination Education Collaborative
Advice for Women of Childbearing Years and Children
Young children and fetuses are more sensitive to the toxic effects of methylmercury, the form of mercury of health concern in fish. For this reason, OEHHA's advisories that are based on mercury provide special advice for women of childbearing years and children. This group of people should be especially careful to follow the advice. Follow this link to learn more about Methylmercury in Sport Fish.
OEHHA also offers the following general advice that can be followed to reduce exposure to methylmercury in fish.
- Chemical levels can vary from place to place. Your overall exposure to chemicals is likely to be lower if you fish at a variety of places, rather than at one location that might have high contamination levels
- Some fish species have higher chemical levels than others in the same location. If possible, eat smaller amounts of several different types of fish rather than a large amount of one type that may be high in contaminants.
- Smaller fish of a species will usually have lower chemical levels than larger fish in the same location because some of the chemicals may become more concentrated in larger, older fish. It is advisable to eat smaller fish (of legal size) more often than larger fish.
Fish Preparation and Consumption:
- Eat only the fillet portions. Do not eat the guts and liver because chemicals usually concentrate in those parts.
Federal agencies have also issued special advice for women and children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend in their Joint Federal Advisory for Mercury in Fish that women who are pregnant or might become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children consume no more than one meal per week of locally caught fish, when no other advice is available, and eat no other fish that week . OEHHA recommends that all women of childbearing age and children aged 17 years and younger follow this advice when no other recommendations are in place. More information on the national advisory is available at : www.epa.gov/waterscience/fishadvice/advice.html or: