Great Lakes Consortium
for Fish Consumption Advisories
The Great Lakes Consortium for Fish Consumption Advisories (Consortium) is a collaboration of fish advisory program managers from government health, water quality, and fisheries agencies in the eight U.S. states bordering the Great Lakes. The purpose of the Consortium is to share information about contaminants found in fish of the Great Lakes region, evaluate human health effects of those contaminants, and develop protocols and methods for determining fish consumption advice and communications.
The Consortium has its roots in a taskforce formed in the early 1980’s. Consortium membership is fluid but typically includes representatives from the eight U.S. states bordering the Great Lakes - Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The following goals for fish consumption advisories guide the continuing work of the Consortium: (1) use credible and understandable science; (2) minimize the potential for toxic chemical exposure; (3) maintain the health benefit of fish consumption; and (4) present the information in a manner that will result in voluntary compliance.