New guidelines issued for eating SF Bay fish

May 23, 2011 8:25:09 PM PDT
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazards has issued new guidelines for eating fish caught in San Francisco Bay.

A number of fish found in the bay contain mercury and PCBs -- some species more than others. The last time the guidelines were updated was 17 years ago.

Among the key recommendations:

  • Women of childbearing age, and children -- who are most suceptible to mercury poisoning -- should avoid eating shark, striped bass, and white sturgeon caught in the bay
  • Other species, such as king salmon and brown rock fish should be limited to two servings a week
  • Once a week only for fish like halibut and white croaker
  • Men and women over 45, can eat more species, more often