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Eating Locally Caught Fish? New Report Gives Warnings

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Fishing off Santa Monica Pier | Photo by wolfsavard via Flickr
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The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) this month released its health advisory and safe eating guidelines for fish caught from coastal areas from Ventura Harbor south to the Dana Point area. "The results do not bode well for those that regularly eat locally caught coastal fish," wrote Mark Gold, President of Heal the Bay.

DDT, PCB and mercury contaminant in the local waters have found their way into a variety of fish including California halibut, Pacific chub mackerel, white croaker, black croaker, barracuda, barred sand bass and topsmelt. Now, that doesn't mean these fish should be avoided, but levels of consumptions depending on your age and sex may be affected.

However, this warning has Gold thinking that something is, for lack for a better word, fishy: