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A journal article published in April details the findings of a collaborative survey of contaminants in fish on the California coast conducted by the RMP, the California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, and the Southern California Bight Program in 2009-2010. The paper used that strong dataset as a foundation for a broad review of mercury in fish on the coast of western North America. This work was done as part of a series of articles summarizing mercury science for western North America in a special issue of Science of the Total Environment. Mercury in Western US coastal fish, especially long-lived predators, presents a significant exposure risk to fish consumers, and the limited data available indicate no trend over the past 40 years.