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 areas, each having its own set of affected species.
Species Affected, and DSHS Advisories in Each Area of Concern
|Area||Species Affected||Pollutants||DHS Advisory Number and Year Issued|
|The 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 crab.||Dioxin and PCBs.||ADV-55 (2015)|
|Upper 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 crab.||Dioxin and PCBs.||ADV-50 (2013)|
|Galveston 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 species.||Dioxin and PCBs.||ADV-50 (2013)|
|Clear Creek upstream and west of Clear Lake.||All species of fish.||PCBs.||ADV-37 (2009)|
For All Areas Except Clear Creek
In each of these three areas for the species listed, the following advice should be followed to decrease risks to human health:
For Clear Creek upstream of Clear Lake
Frequently Asked Questions
For More Information
For more information on the seafood consumption advisories, please contact:
- Galveston Bay Foundation: Scott Jones at (281) 332-3381 x209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Michael Tennant at (512) 834-6757 or email@example.com.