We are so lucky to be able to catch and eat fresh fish and shellfish from the San Francisco Bay, but does it make a healthy dinner? Who you are and the type of fish you catch in the Bay can be the difference between a meal packed with protein and heart healthy omega 3s or exposure to potential toxins.
Some fish from the Bay contain toxins such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that can harm your health and are not safe to eat. Women and children are especially vulnerable to these health risks. PCBs likely cause cancer and mercury can change how the brains of babies and children develop.
Check out the guide below to see what is safe to eat for yourself and for your family.
For more information about safe fish and shellfish in the Bay and the Ocean, check out our website at: smchealth.org/fishsmart
And do you fish in the Bay? Share with us your stories of what fish you catch and any healthy recipes in the comments below!