But after years of research, we now have a better sense of the source of this pollution thanks to a new study by Humboldt County's Public Health Lab Manager, Dr. Jeremy Corrigan.
In short, Dr. Corrigan’s research identified birds as the primary source of pollution at Clam Beach, while cattle are the main source upstream in Strawberry Creek.
"Clam Beach is frequented by birds, which adds to the allure of its location and should be celebrated not feared." from Corrigan et al. Microbial Source Tracking Approach to Investigate Fecal Waste at the Strawberry Creek Watershed and Clam Beach, California, USA. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6901.
The beginning of Dungeness crab season is always a time to celebrate, but with major concerns over the last few years regarding unsafe domoic acid levels, state health department officials continue to recommend not eating the internal organs (known as crab butter).Click HERE to download the brochure explaining this simple method of cleaning crabs before cooking to reduce your exposure to unsafe contaminants, including dioxins.The good news is that Dungeness crab are low in mercury - see our mercury guidelines for more info.
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Jasmin Segura, coordinadora del tour por la bahía con Humboldt BaykeeperJasmin Segura does a lot more than coordinate our Bay Tours: she works with diverse communities to create a new era of stewardship where people feel compelled to be informed and protect Humboldt Bay. Thanks to EcoNews for interviewing Jasmin on her thoughtful, caring approach to people and the planet!
UPDATED! Humboldt Baykeeper has been testing mercury levels in local fish since July 2016 with funding from the California Environmental Protection Agency. We’ve found that most local fish are safe to eat in moderation—with a few exceptions.
Click HERE for the revised 2021 guidelines on Eating Fish Safely.
Comiendo Pescado Con Seguridad Pautas - Revisado 2021
Click HERE for the 2021 report on mercury in fish caught in nearshore ocean waters.
Click HERE for the 2018 Report on fish and shellfish from Humboldt Bay.