The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is proposing an increase the estimated amount of fish eaten per person per day to 175 grams. That's good news! Currently, Washington State woefully underestimates fish consumption at 6.5 grams of fish/per day. Now the bad news. Along with this rule comes a proposed tenfold increase in the acceptable rate for risk of cancer from one in one million to one in 100,000, as well as providing significantly more time for polluters to meet water quality standards. This is in part because if you currently eat 175 grams of locally caught fish/day, you exceed greater cancer risk level of one in a million.
Instead of reducing the amount of toxins in our water and fish Ecology has proposed allowing for greater cancer risk.
High levels of toxins in fish disproportionally affect children, tribal communities, sport fishers and pregnant women. These communities eat a higher ratio of local fish or are more vulnerable to risks of eating toxin laden fish. So tell Ecology that we deserve clean water and clean fish!