Galveston Bay Seafood Consumption Safety Program Phase II Project Status Update

Date

Jan. 24, 2007

Authors

Tennant, M

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Galveston Bay Estuary Program

Abstract

The Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP) and partner organizations have provided a grant to conduct an innovative demonstration of implementation of actions in the Galveston Bay Plan. The GBEP is contracting with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to demonstrate implementation of Action PH-1: Develop a Seafood Consumption Safety Program. This Galveston Bay Seafood Consumption Safety Program Phase II project will continue development of a routine seafood monitoring program for Galveston Bay, specifically for Galveston Bay south of Five Mile Cut Marker and north of a line drawn from Eagle Point to Smith Point including Trinity Bay to characterize and monitor potential health risks associated with consumption of seafood and to inform the public of identified consumption risks. The GBEP secured additional funding for this project to determine if polychlorinated-biphenyls (PCBs) are found in spotted seatrout tissues throughout the Galveston Bay System at concentrations of public health concern. The potential public health concern was identified in the Galveston Bay Seafood Consumption Safety Program Phase I project and subsequent fish consumption advisory twenty-eight (ADV-28) issued recommending limited consumption of spotted seatrout from the Houston Ship Channel and Upper Galveston Bay. Due to the mobility of spotted seatrout throughout the Galveston Bay System and the recreational importance of this fish species, DSHS will characterize the potential health risks associated with consumption of spotted seatrout from Galveston Bay south of Five Mile Cut Marker and north of a line drawn from Eagle Point to Smith Point including Trinity Bay. The DSHS is charged with protecting the health of the citizens of Texas and will conduct the project as the authorized state agency responsible for seafood safety. Specifically, the Commissioner of Health is charged under Chapter 436 of the Texas Health and Safety Code with declaring any public water body in the State to be a prohibited area for the taking of aquatic life. The DSHS Seafood and Aquatic Life Group (SALG) will conduct the Galveston Bay Seafood Safety Consumption Program with guidance and funding provided by GBEP. The DSHS SALG will collect fish and blue crab samples from Galveston Bay, south of Five Mile Cut Marker and north of a line drawn from Eagle Point to Smith Point including Trinity Bay to evaluate the potential health risks associated with consumption of the seafood. The Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) laboratory will analyze the fish and blue crab tissue samples for chemical contamination. The GERG laboratory will conduct fish and blue crab tissue analysis for the following chemical contaminants metals, pesticides, PCBs, dioxins and furans, and semi volatile and volatile organic compounds. The project will also establish a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary workgroup to advise the study. The education outreach effort will inform the public of the results of the Galveston Bay Seafood Consumption Safety Program. DSHS SALG will work with the GBEP Public Participation Program to develop innovative ways to inform and disseminate information to the public.

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consumption risks, dioxins, furans, health services, metals, PCBs, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, public health, seafood safety, semivolatile organics, volatile organics

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