Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants
In 2010, the Great Lakes Consortium for Fish Consumption Advisories began work on a grant to support enhanced fish consumption advisory programs in the Great Lakes basin. The project, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), includes collaborative work by all member-states of the Consortium, and projects in partnership with Cornell and Clarkson Universities. Project activities were completed in 2016. The project had three main objectives:
Objective 1: Improve the public’s understanding of risks and benefits of consuming fish by effectively communicating fish advisory information.
Objective 2: Improve fish monitoring by producing comparable data basin-wide, and filling data gaps for non-routine contaminants of concern and nutrients in fish fillets.
Objective 3: Evaluate Risks and Benefits of Consuming Fish.
Connelly N, Lauber T, Niederdeppe J, Knuth B. Fish consumption among women anglers of childbearing age in the Great Lakes region. Environmental Research, 150 + (2016) 213-218.
Niederdeppe J, Connelly N, Lauber T, Knuth B. Using theory to identify beliefs associated with intentions to follow fish consumption advisories among anglers living in the Great Lakes region. Risk Analysis: An International Journal, 35 + (2015) 1996-2008.
Lauber T, Connelly N, Niederdeppe J, Knuth B. Collaborative management and public trust responsibilities: A help or a hindrance? Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19 + (2014) 458-468.
Connelly N, Lauber T, Niederdeppe J, Knuth B. How can more women of childbearing age be encouraged to follow fish consumption recommendations? Environmental Research, 135 + (2014) 88-94.
Williams M, Murphy E, McCarty H, Snyder B, Schranke C, McCann P, Crimmins B. Variation in the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA in fillets of fish from the Great Lakes region. Journal of Great Lakes Research, (2017)
Ginsberg GL, Toal BF, McCann PJ. Variation in the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA in fillets of fish from the Great Lakes region. Journal of Great Lakes Research, (2017)
- Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
- Risk Benefit Analysis of Great Lakes Fish for Cardiovascular Outcomes Report, July 2016 (PDF)
- Risk Benefit Analysis of Great Lakes Fish for Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Report, July 2016 (PDF)
EPA Assistance ID GL-00E01161, GLRI 2012
This grant is ongoing and will be completed Summer 2017.
Fish are Important for Superior Health (FISH) Project
The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Portage Health Service, North Shore Health, Trust Lands Grand Portage Band of Chippewa and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), partnered in the FISH Project. The project goals were to reduce mercury exposure in women in the area and pilot an in-clinic screening for high mercury exposure. Nearly 500 women from Cook County, Grand Portage, and the surrounding area participated in the FISH Project.
Quantative Assessment of Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption
- Reducing Toxic Exposure from Fish consumption in Women of childbearing Age and Urban Anglers: Results of a Two-Year Diary Study (PDF)
EPA Assistance ID GL-00E01283, GLRI 2013
The Minnesota Department of Health partnered with Cornell University, HealthPartners, Essentia Health, Lake County, Minnesota Women Infants and Children Program, and the Great Lakes Consortium for Fish Consumption Advisories to continue and expand Great Lakes Restoration Initiative efforts to reduce exposures to toxic substances from Great Lakes fish consumption in women of childbearing age. This grant was completed October 2016.
A two-year diary study was undertaken in 2014-2015 to assess: (a) how much and what types of fish are eaten by women of childbearing age and urban anglers; and (b) how receiving a fish consumption guidelines brochure influences the amount and types of fish eaten. For women of childbearing age, the brochures were designed to encourage women to eat enough fish to get the health benefits of fish consumption without exceeding recommended limits. For urban anglers, the brochures were designed to encourage urban anglers to abide by fish consumption guidelines. The report details consumption by these two groups in the Great Lakes region and how consumption was influenced by the brochures.