STATE’S HIGHEST PCB LEVELS HELP WHITE CROAKER LIVE UP TO ITS NAMEBy LBReport.com
White croaker has always seemed like a funny name for a fish, and after the release of the State Water Resources Control Board’s largest-ever statewide survey on sportfish from California coastal waters, it seems even funnier … in a very-last-laugh kind of way.
White croaker in the Long Beach area have the highest concentrations of PCBs of any of the sampled locations statewide, according to the board’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program.
And what’s so bad about PCBs? An agency release accompanying its report says PCBs “may cause cancer, damage the liver, digestive tract, and nerves; and affect development, reproduction, and the immune system. PCBs are persistent chemicals that are now banned, but were commonly used in electrical, industrial and other applications.”
But the report is a summertime heads-up for people who catch all kinds of fish in the Greater Long Beach area. It indicates an elevated presence of methylmercury and a high level polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) among a variety of fish species along the Long Beach coast.