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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seafood Consumption Advisory on Spotted Seatrout Removed for Most of Galveston Bay
Webster, TX – July 1, 2013 – The Galveston Bay Foundation (“GBF”) celebrates the removal of the seafood consumption advisory on spotted seatrout (speckled trout) for most of the Galveston Bay system, including a portion of Upper Galveston Bay and all of Trinity, Lower Galveston, East, West, Chocolate, Drum, Bastrop, and Christmas bays. This large area is south of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point in Upper Galveston Bay. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, testing of the speckled trout samples indicated that concentrations of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), both of which are groups of toxic compounds, had decreased to acceptable levels and no longer pose a significant health risk.
This latest testing is a snapshot in time and there is still much work to be done to further reduce risks from the consumption of seafood in areas of the bay system, most notably the upper portion of Upper Galveston Bay, the Houston Ship Channel, and the San Jacinto River. We hope to see a long-term decrease in the concentrations of toxins in seafood as sources of these “legacy pollutants” are identified and eliminated. For almost three years, GBF has worked to ensure that a major dioxin hotspot, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site (SJRWP) on the San Jacinto River at Interstate 10, is cleaned up as fast as possible. GBF has worked with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and other non-profit organizations to ensure this site has been capped and eliminated as a source of dioxin to the bay and its seafood. We continue to work to ensure appropriate long-term clean-up of the site occurs and will work to uncover and clean up other abandoned waste pits or areas, such as Patrick Bayou on the Houston Ship Channel.
About Galveston Bay Foundation
The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. The Foundation was incorporated in 1987, and is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. GBF is located at 17330 Highway 3 in Webster, Texas. For further information, contact GBF at 281-332-3381 or visit the website at www.galvbay.org