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Mercury in the EnvironmentPattern and Process$
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Michael Bank

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271630

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271630.001.0001

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Mercury Exposure in Vulnerable Populations: Guidelines for Fish Consumption

Mercury Exposure in Vulnerable Populations: Guidelines for Fish Consumption

(p.289) Chapter 14 Mercury Exposure in Vulnerable Populations: Guidelines for Fish Consumption
Mercury in the Environment

John Dellinger

Matthew Dellinger

Jennifer S. Yauck

University of California Press

Mercury exposures in vulnerable populations frequently result from consuming contaminated fish. Fish also contain many valuable nutrients. Culturally appropriate risk communication must account for the nutritional benefits and contaminant risks of fish, especially in vulnerable populations with long historical dependence upon fisheries. Traditional ecological knowledge and selenium in foods may provide some protection against methylmercury in fish. The economic, social, and family values of fishing activities influence the acceptance of fish consumption advisories and are incorporated using community-based participatory research. Culturally relevant advisories encourage wise choices for dietary fish and are illustrated with examples from Native American and Hmong communities. Anthropogenic emissions are nearly as great as the historical peaks from volcanic activity, and dietary fish will continue to be threatened.

Keywords:   risk communication, mercury, methylmercury, fish consumption advisories, traditional ecological knowledge, selenium, vulnerable populations, community-based participatory research, benefits and risks, Native Americans, Hmong

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