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San Francisco Bay Fish Project
11/2010 -

The San Francisco Bay Fish Project is a two-year project to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals from eating San Francisco Bay fish.  The project is coordinated by the California Department of Public Health in partnership with the Aquatic Science Center, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

While fish is an important part of a healthy diet, some fish from San Francisco Bay contain mercury and PCBs.  An interim health advisory for the Bay recommends limiting the types and amounts of fish consumed as a means to limit exposure to chemicals.  This advisory will be revised and updated in 2011.  Under the San Francisco Bay Fish Project, CDPH will collaborate with community groups, local agencies, tribes, and others to raise public awareness about fish contamination issues in San Francisco Bay, and support community-based projects to reduce exposure to chemicals from fish consumption.


CDPH will be working on the following activities:

  • Convene quarterly Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) meetings to solicit feedback on project activities;
  • Promote engagement and collaboration among interested stakeholders;
  • Support and conduct risk communication and risk reduction activities ;
  • Conduct capacity building trainings.  

The first SAG meeting was held in December 2010.  The SAG guides the development of community-based outreach, education, and exposure reduction activities.  The SAG meetings are also intended to promote collaboration among stakeholders and keep members updated on the progress of the project and related activities.


In 2011, CDPH implemented a program to fund local groups to conduct culturally-appropriate exposure reduction activities to address fish contamination issues in the San Francisco Bay.  These groups receive ongoing support and training by CDPH.


Primary funding for the project has been provided by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies, the Western States Petroleum Association, the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


Visit the project’s website for more information:


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