Effects of Toxic Chemical Perceptions on Fishing Behavior

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This study investigates: 1) whether angler's who perceive toxic chemicals in the water fish any differently than those who do not, and 2) do these behavioral differences have any management implications for the fisheries manager. The perceptions and behavior of anglers were studied on three rivers of varying water quality in Michigan. In general, there are no differences between the fishing behavior of perceivers and nonperceivers of toxic chemicals. One exception is that a significantly greater percentage of nonperceivers plan to eat their fish. Because of the similarity in fishing behavior no biological management implications were presented. Managers are encouraged to accept responsibility for protecting the angler's health and for maintaining proper utilization of the resource by enhancing public awareness and concern about toxic chemical contamination.

Subject Headings: Toxicity | Water-based recreation | Managers | Water quality | Public health and safety | Water pollution | Chemical wastes | Fish management | Michigan | United States

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