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The San Francisco Bay Fish Project: Building alliances between government agencies and community groups

The San Francisco Bay Fish Project (SFBFP) is a two-year program coordinated by the California Department of Public Health to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals from eating San Francisco Bay fish. The SFBFP is part of a larger effort by the Regional Water Quality Control Board to reduce the levels of mercury and PCBs in the Bay and in Bay fish.

Faced with the enormous task of communicating to diverse groups of fishermen and their families, CDPH instituted a Stakeholder Advisory Group and developed a grant program to work with local organizations with established ties to the community and proven records of effective outreach. The program was designed to support community-based outreach and education projects tailored to the needs of fishing populations and underserved communities.

The San Francisco Bay Fish Project was created in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, Bay Area Clean Water Agencies, Western States Petroleum Association, Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association, and the Aquatic Science Center.