The last of the fishing restrictions implemented after an October oil spill in the San Francisco Bay were lifted Tuesday, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.
The DFG, along with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment lifted restrictions on harvesting mussels and shellfish at Crown Memorial State Beach. This was the final closure remaining in place after a tanker, the Dubai Star, leaked oil into the water during an Oct. 30 fueling operation. The spill affected portions of the Alameda County shoreline and killed two dozen birds.
Tests found no significant health risks resulted from consuming mussels and shellfish in the area after the oil spill, according to OEHHA director Joan Denton.
However the OEHHA is still advising the public to follow its consumption guidelines for fish harvested in the San Francisco Bay and Delta region. Shellfish and mussels from the area contain elevated levels of mercury and other chemicals.