Through the Institutional Controls Program, EPA engages in a three-pronged approach to reduce risk to human health as a result of fish contamination on the Palos Verdes Shelf. The FCEC’s public outreach and education efforts work in conjunction with Monitoring and Enforcement programs to protect the most vulnerable populations from the health risks associated with DDT- and PCB-contaminated fish found off the Palos Verdes Superfund Site.
» The Monitoring program involves ocean, fish and commercial market monitoring. EPA evaluates the status of the contaminated sediments throughout the years, as well as the contamination levels of fish commonly caught in the area. In addition, ethnic commercial markets are also monitored for the sale of contaminated white croaker.
» Enforcement efforts are carried out by state agencies through the establishment of restrictions on commercial and recreational fishing for white croaker. Enforcement measures include the daily catch limit for white croaker (10 per day) and the commercial no-take (catch ban) zone for white croaker near the Palos Verdes shelf. Local county health officials conduct market monitoring for contaminated white croaker as a local enforcement measure.