Bad news in today’s Chronicle. Seems some research types did a big study on mercury levels in the San Francisco Bay and discovered that there is quite a bit of the toxic stuff. Of course, they still say you can eat the fish, but you have to limit your intake. But really, do you want to eat something that, if you had enough, would kill you? Yeah, we do, too.
The good news is that local Dungeness isn’t on the list, we’re guessing because that’s mostly caught in the open ocean. Also, rainbow trout, which we tend to catch when we go fishing, are at the bottom of the list. We didn’t even know they lived in the bay/estuary.
So you’ve been warned, people. Fish from the Bay may be poisonous. Now you know.
Exhaustive test reveals mercury levels in Bay Area fish sport fish [San Francisco Chronicle]
CBDA Fish Mercury Project [San Francisco Estuary Institute]