Perceiving Toxic Chemicals in Fishing Environments

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by Edward Udd, Kansas State Univ, Manhattan, KS, USA,
Ted T. Cable, Kansas State Univ, Manhattan, KS, USA,
Joseph D. Fridgen, Kansas State Univ, Manhattan, KS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87:

Abstract: The perception of toxic chemicals in the fishing environments by anglers was examined in Kansas and Michigan. The main findings of the study were: 1) There appears to be a small, but significant effect between the availability of secondary information and the type of information source used to determine the presence of toxic chemicals. 2) There is a moderate and highly significant relationship between the perceived level of toxic chemicals and the perceived level of turbidity. 3) Anglers accurately perceived real differences in turbidity, but appeared to use the perception of turbidity levels to aid their assessment of the presence of toxic chemical contamination. The managerial implications of these findings are discussed.

Subject Headings: Chemicals | Toxicity | Water-based recreation | Water pollution | Turbidity | Information management | Water chemistry | Fish management | North America | United States | Michigan | Kansas

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