Mercury-in-Fish Education Project

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH

Eating fish is good for your overall health and wellness. It is high in protein and low in unhealthy fats. Fish is also a significant source of vitamins and minerals.

But some fish in the Delta, especially striped bass and sturgeon, have unhealthy levels of mercury in the meat. Eating these fish may harm your health or the health of your family.

CHOOSE YOUR FISH CAREFULLY

Too much mercury in one's diet has been found to be linked to significant health problems. Because mercury can affect the way young brains develop, it is particularly harmful to babies and children. Mercury stays in the body and builds up over time. It can be passed from a pregnant woman or a nursing mother to her baby.

It is important for all children under 17, women between 18 and 45, and women who are pregnant to avoid eating fish that have high levels of mercury.

HOW MUCH FISH CAN YOU EAT?

Children under 17, women between 18 and 45, and women who are pregnant should not eat more than 1 meal of striped bass or sturgeon per month.

Other adults should not eat more than 2 meals of striped bass or sturgeon per month.

US Food, Drug Administration and US Environmental Protection Agency

HEALTH ADVISORY FOR EATING FISH AND SEAFOOD

Pregnant, nursing, or childbearing age women should avoid fish known to contain high levels of mercury (e.g., shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish), as well as limit their intake of albacore tuna, which has more mercury then 'light' tuna. Pregnant women and young children should be the most cautious about their seafood choices, the reports said, largely because of concerns that mercury in the fish could damage a child's developing brain and nervous system.

Research studies have determined that eating seafood may help reduce the risk of heart disease in the general population. Research suggests that serving one to two meals of fish per week especially varieties high in fatty oils, such as wild salmon, may reduce the risk of death from heart attack by 36%.

Our Programs

Case Management Services

A county-based, public assistance program, the Center for Employment Opportunity (CEO) provides case management services to San Joaquin County CalWORKs' recipients.

Community Outreach

Assists members of the Southeast Asian (SEA) community of San Joaquin County to overcome their social and economic problems.

Family Self-Sufficiency

Assist local Hmong refugees in overcoming various social and mental health problems that hinder their ability to become independent and self-sufficient citizens of their local communities.

Food Program

Lao Khmu Association, Inc. sponsors a Food Program through which fresh, processed, and canned foodstuffs are made available to low-income residents in the greater Stockton area.