Journal of Community Health

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 157–164 | Cite as

Comprehension of Fish Consumption Guidelines Among Older Male Anglers in Wisconsin

  • Krista Y. Christensen
  • Michelle R. Raymond
  • Brooke A. Thompson
  • Candy S. Schrank
  • Meghan C. W. Williams
  • Henry A. Anderson
Original Paper

Abstract

Although awareness of Wisconsin’s fish consumption guidelines is high among older male anglers, little is known about comprehension of guideline content, and many anglers have levels of contaminants high enough to be associated with adverse health outcomes. The Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supported evaluation and revision of Wisconsin’s fish consumption guideline program, using a web based survey of male Wisconsin anglers over the age of 50. A total of 3740 men completed the online survey; the median age of respondents was 62 years, and nearly all had lived and fished in Wisconsin for over 10 years. Comprehension of guideline content was relatively high, although two knowledge gaps were identified, one relating to mercury exposures and fish preparation, and the other to polychlorinated biphenyl content of certain fish species. The fishing regulations booklet distributed with annual fishing licenses and warning signs posted at fishing locations were commonly reported sources of guideline information in Wisconsin. Residents of coastal counties and consumers of Great Lakes fish were more likely to report guideline knowledge and behavior changes reflective of guideline knowledge, when compared to inland residents and those not consuming Great Lakes fish, respectively. In general, Wisconsin’s consumption guidelines do not appear to discourage men from eating the fish they catch; rather, the most common behavioral changes included modifying the species eaten or the water body source of their meals. Continued efforts to educate anglers about the risks and benefits of fish consumption are needed.

Keywords

Fish Advisory Anglers Comprehension 

References

  1. 1.
    Burger, J., & Gochfeld, M. (2009). Perceptions of the risks and benefits of fish consumption: Individual choices to reduce risk and increase health benefits. Environmental Research, 109(3), 343–349. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2008.12.002.PubMedPubMedCentralCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Gliori, G., Imm, P., Anderson, H. A., & Knobeloch, L. (2006). Fish consumption and advisory awareness among expectant women. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 105(2), 41–44.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Silver, E., Kaslow, J., Lee, D., et al. (2007). Fish consumption and advisory awareness among low-income women in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Environmental Research, 104(3), 410–419. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2007.03.003.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Engelberth, H., Teisl, M. F., Frohmberg, E., et al. (2013). Can fish consumption advisories do better? Providing benefit and risk information to increase knowledge. Environmental Research, 126, 232–239. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2013.08.012.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Imm, P., Knobeloch, L., & Anderson, H. A. (2005). Great Lakes Sport Fish C. Fish consumption and advisory awareness in the Great Lakes Basin. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(10), 1325–1329.PubMedPubMedCentralCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Knobeloch, L., Steenport, D., Schrank, C., & Anderson, H. (2006). Methylmercury exposure in Wisconsin: A case study series. Environmental Research, 101(1), 113–122. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2005.07.008.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Knobeloch, L., Turyk, M., Imm, P., Schrank, C., & Anderson, H. (2009). Temporal changes in PCB and DDE levels among a cohort of frequent and infrequent consumers of Great Lakes sportfish. Environmental Research, 109(1), 66–72. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2008.08.010.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Turyk, M. E., Bhavsar, S. P., Bowerman, W., et al. (2012). Risks and benefits of consumption of Great Lakes fish. Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(1), 11–18. doi:10.1289/ehp.1003396.PubMedPubMedCentralCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Imm, P., Anderson, H. A., Schrank, C., & Knobeloch, L. (2013). Fish consumption and advisory awareness among older Wisconsin fishermen. Wisconsin Medical Journal, 112(3), 111–116.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    CDC. (2014). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011–2012.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Connelly, N. A., Lauber, T. B., Niederdeppe, J., Knuth, B. A. (2012) Factors affecting fish consumption among licensed anglers living in the Great Lakes region. HDRU Publ. No. 12-3. Dept of Nat. Resour., N.Y.S. Coll. Agric. And Life Sci., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y. p. 78. http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/hdru/pubs/fishpubs.html#risk.
  12. 12.
    DNR. (2015). DNR fish advisory online query tool. http://dnr.wi.gov/FCSExternalAdvQry/FishAdvisorySrch.aspx.
  13. 13.
    DNR. (2015). DNR mobile app of the official guide for wisconsin’s fishing, hunting and wildlife. http://www.pocketranger.com/apps/Detail/db407926-5e81-49c2-974a-ba509da3d033.
  14. 14.
    Shimshack, J. P., Ward, M. B., & Beatty, T. K. M. (2007). Mercury advisories: Information, education, and fish consumption. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 53(2), 158–179.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA) 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Krista Y. Christensen
    • 1
  • Michelle R. Raymond
    • 1
  • Brooke A. Thompson
    • 1
  • Candy S. Schrank
    • 2
  • Meghan C. W. Williams
    • 2
  • Henry A. Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational HealthWisconsin Department of Health ServicesMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Wisconsin Department of Natural ResourcesMadisonUSA

Personalised recommendations