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.
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)
- Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
EPA Assistance ID GL-00E01161, GLRI 2012
This grant was completed June 2017.
Fish are Important for Superior Health (FISH) Project
The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Portage Health Service, North Shore Health, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Trust Lands 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.
- FISH Project Promotion Video (10 minutes, 36 seconds)
- A: FISH Project Protocol and Procedures Manual (PDF)
- B: Quality Assurance Project Plan (Contact us for a copy)
- C: Training Health Care Providers about the Risks and Benefits of Eating Fish: Evaluation and Recommendations (PDF)
- D: Choose Your Fish Brochure: North Shore Version (PDF) and Choose Your Fish Brochure: Grand Portage Version (PDF)
- E: FISH Project Promotion Summary (PDF)
- F: FISH Sample Disposal Documentation (PDF)
- G: FISH Project Summary Results for Screening Questions about Fish Consumption (PDF) and FISH Project Results Summary for Detailed Questions about Fish Consumption (PDF)
- H: Report about the Fish are Important for Superior Health (FISH) Project Community Events (PDF)
- I: FISH Project - Follow-up Evaluation Summary (PDF)
"Choose Your Fish" Project
The purpose of this project is to improve messaging that will assist women of childbearing age in decision making about safe fish consumption for them selves and their families. The research described in this report was conducted by the HealthPartners Institute in collaboration with MDH and engaged the participation of HealthPartners patients and members.
May 2017 Media Campaign - FISH and "Choose Your Fish" Projects
Quantitative Assessment of Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption
- B: Brochure Development (PDF)
- C: Reducing Toxic Exposure from Fish consumption in Women of childbearing Age and Urban Anglers: Results of a Two-Year Diary Study (PDF)
- D: Lake County Mercury Screening Project (MSP) Reports (PDF)
- F: Testing the Dissemination of Fish Consumption Information (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.
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.
Connelly, N. A., T. B. Lauber, J. Niederdeppe, and B. A. Knuth. 2017. Are women anglers of childbearing age in the Great Lakes region following fish consumption guidelines? Journal of Great Lakes Research 43:187-191, DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2017.03.022.
Lauber, T. B., N.A. Connelly, J. Niederdeppe, and B. A. Knuth. 2017. Urban Anglers’ Adherence to Fish Consumption Advisories in the Great Lakes Region. Journal of Great Lakes Research 43:180-186, DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2017.03.011.