In need of Big WSB samples for mercury analysis

saltierdog

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Mar 5, 2007
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joe
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Many of us have had their mercury level tested to find it to be elevated. For years I've been trying to get government agencies to test adult WSB. The only analyses that has ever been done was in 2003 at that time 9 fish were sampled all but two were 28-30 inches representing just legal fish. The mercury content was on average 0.2PPM which alone should have triggered the development of guidance but because the sample size was too small there has never been any guidance with regard to how much how often and whom should consume.


From a NOOA scientist :
Based on the federal guidelines (https://www.fda.gov/media/102331/download), white sea bass probably fall somewhere between "Good" choices (i.e., no more than 1 serving per week that is no bigger than the palm of your hand) and "Choices to Avoid", Developing guidance for white sea bass consumption is the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard and Assessment (OEHHA). They are the state agency that is responsible for assessing risks associated with fish consumption in California and releasing fish consumption advisories. That being said, creating an advisory for that species will require a fair amount of data. I'd be willing to bet that if you provide them with data from your 50 lb animals, there's a decent chance that the mercury levels will be high enough to trigger a "do not consume" advisory for all white sea bass. Ideally, the advisory would be based on a range of sizes starting with the legal size and extending up to the big animals that you target. That way, it might be possible to structure an advisory that provides guidance on the biggest fish that is safe to eat on a regular basis, keeping in mind that the "safe" consumption of top predators is typically limited to the one meal per week or less.

So at this point I have finally found a Lab at Moss Landing that will do analysis for me. The cost will be about $125 per sample with a minimum of 20 fish.

So I'm am reaching out to the fishing and spearing community to help me conduct this study

What I need is a 1 inch cube of your fish skin on and frozen (vacuum sealed is preferred)
The sample should be taken from right behind the gill plate for standardization
I need total length of the fish, sex and gutted weight (gross weigh as well )

You can call or text me 310 529-8663 to arrange pickup of your sample

I have also set up a go-fund me if anyone is interested in helping out
https://www.gofundme.com/manage/mercury-content-in-californiawhite-seabass-by-size?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email+2300-co-team-welcome

page 79 WSB data
https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/www3/region9/superfund/pvshelf/pdf/montrose_report.pdf

https://oehha.ca.gov/media/downloads/fish/document/fishsamplingprotocol2005.pdf

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saltierdog

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Mar 5, 2007
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joe
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Why’s it gotta be the sleeper hole target?
when I fillet these fish there is alwys a bit there that isnt part of the fillet and its tough meat but anywhere on the shoulder will be fine I just dont want belly or tail again just for standardization
 
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bluerocko

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Oct 23, 2004
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rocky rafkin
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SkipJack 26' flybridge
Thanks for your efforts. I had mercury poisoning a few years back after a good Wsb year. I was at 30. No fish for a year and back to normal. But not without side effects.
 
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