Sport Fish Monitoring Report
Fish from San Francisco Bay contain concentrations of mercury, PCBs, and other chemical contaminants that are above thresholds of concern for human health. This problem was first documented in 1994 when the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (SFBRWQCB) performed a pilot study to measure contaminant concentrations in Bay sport fish (Fairey et al. 1997). As a result of this pilot study the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued an interim health advisory for consumption of fish from San Francisco Bay. An updated advisory was issued in May 2011. This updated advisory provides consumption advice for consumers of Bay caught fish including advice for sensitive populations (women of childbearing age and children). Click here to view non-technical fact sheets on the San Francisco Bay consumption advisory, and here for links to the full report.
Sport fish sampling in the RMP began in 1997 and occurred through 2009 on a triennial basis. As of 2014, sampling will occur every five years. The most recent sampling effort occurred in 2019. The most recent report on San Francisco Bay Sport fish includes information on sport fish contamination in San Francisco Bay and other areas of the California coast.
This project is coordinated through an advisory group that includes staff from the California Department of Public Health, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and other interested parties. This advisory group convenes prior to each sampling effort in order to develop a sampling plan.
Data from previous monitoring efforts can be accessed through CD3, and each year a report is published.
Sport Fish Workgroup
The Sport Fish Workgroup provides oversight to the sport fish monitoring.
July 2012 Fish Meeting Summary
Recent OEHHA Activities MONITORING NEEDS
RMP Sport Fish 2009 Bay and state results
San Francisco Bay Fish Exposure Reduction Project Summary
Draft 2009 Sampling and Analysis Budget
2006 Status & Trends Results Presentation
Sport Fish Power Analysis of Status & Trends Program
Emerging Contaminants In Sport Fish
Coordination with State SWAMP Coastal and Bay Sport Fish Monitoring
Non-Lethal Sport Fish Sampling - Mercury Analysis
Non-Lethal Sport Fish Sampling - Organic Analysis
Biopsy for Predicting Muscle Mercury Levels in Fish
2006 Collection /Analysis Summary
Final Catch List with Comments
2005 to 2015
Programs and Focus Areas:
Clean Water Program
Bay Regional Monitoring Program