Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment


Fish are nutritious and good for you to eat.

  • But some fish you catch may take in toxic chemicals from the water in which they live and the food they eat.
  • Some of these chemicals build up in the fish - and in you - over time.

OEHHA provides specific consumption advice for fish taken from many water bodies in California. Check the Fish Advisories and Safe Eating Guidelines for more information.

  • These fish advisories are not meant to discourage you from eating fish.
  • Eating fish confers health benefits
  • Fish are an excellent source of protein and are low in saturated fats.
  • Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce your risk for heart disease and improve how the brain develops in unborn babies and children.

Fish Advisories and Safe Eating Guidelines - consumption advice for fish from many water bodies in California
Safe fish eating guidelines

Advisory map - water bodies with fish consumption advisories in California
Interactive map of fish advisories

General Advice - Because contamination levels are unknown for other locations, OEHHA also provides General Advice on how to reduce your exposure to chemicals in sport fish—fish that you and your family or friends catch.
general fishing advice

Fish From Stores And Restaurants - view a Guide to fish you buy - lower in mercury and higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids
Fish you buy

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