Seafood Consumption Advisories

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Galveston Bay Seafood Warning! Due to the May 10th Bayport Channel Collision and resulting chemical spill, the Texas Department of State Health Services is advising people not to fish or eat any seafood from the portions of Galveston and Trinity bays north of a line from the end of the Texas City Dike to Smith Point until further notice. More details can be found here.

While Galveston Bay is an outstanding place to fish, you need to be aware of seafood consumption advisories!

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issues seafood consumption advisories when tests on fish and shellfish indicate there is an increased risk to human health from the presence of toxic pollutants.

This map shows the seafood consumption advisories that are currently in place in the Galveston Bay system and its tributaries. There are really four distinct advisory areas, each having its own set of affected species, contaminants of concern, and consumption advice.

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Species Affected, Contaminants of Concern, and Consumption Advice in Each of the Four Advisory Areas

AreaSpecies AffectedContaminants of ConcernConsumption AdviceDHS Advisory Number and Year Issued
1The Houston Ship Channel and all contiguous waters north of the Fred Hartman Bridge (Hwy. 146), including the San Jacinto River below the Lake Houston Dam.All species of fish and blue crabDioxins, PCBs, and Volatile Organic CompoundsAll persons – DO NOT EAT ANY AMOUNT OF ANY SPECIES OF FISH OR BLUE CRAB!ADV-55 (2015; Modified 2017)
 2Upper Galveston Bay and all contiguous waters north of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point.All catfish species, spotted seatrout, and blue crabDioxins and PCBsWomen of childbearing age and children under the age of 12 – DO NOT EAT ANY AMOUNT OF THE SPECIES LISTED!

Women past childbearing age and adult men – DO NOT EAT MORE THAN 8 OUNCES PER MONTH OF THE SPECIES LISTED!

ADV-50 (2013)
 3Galveston Bay system south of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point, including Chocolate Bay, East Bay, West Bay, Trinity Bay, and contiguous waters.All catfish speciesDioxins and PCBsWomen of childbearing age and children under the age of 12 – DO NOT EAT ANY AMOUNT OF THE SPECIES LISTED!

Women past childbearing age and adult men – DO NOT EAT MORE THAN 8 OUNCES PER MONTH OF THE SPECIES LISTED!

ADV-50 (2013)
 4Clear Creek upstream and west of Clear Lake.All species of fishPCBsAll persons – DO NOT EAT ANY AMOUNT OF ANY SPECIES OF FISH!ADV-37 (2009)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is There a Risk from Consuming the Species Listed in These Areas?
What about Shrimp, Oysters and Clams?
How Can I Reduce My Risk from These Toxins?
What is Being Done About Contaminated Seafood?

For More Information
For more information on the seafood consumption advisories, please see DSHS Seafood and Aquatic Life Group and/or contact: