Sport Fish Consumption Advisories in the Great Lakes Basin: Assessment of Policy to Protect Human Health

by Jeffery A. Foran,
Michael Cox,
David Croxton,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


Fish consumption advisories for Great Lakes sport fish are based on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tolerance or action levels for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals and other contaminants of industrial origin, and for pesticides. In this paper we present the results of a quantitative risk assessment for two contaminants of Great Lakes sport fish, DDT and aldrin/dieldrin. The FDA action levels for these pesticides in fish are 5 ppm for DDT and 0.3 ppm for aldrin/dieldrin. Here we utilize standard risk assessment methodology, exposure data and contaminant concentrations in fish tissue specific to the Great Lakes basin to develop cancer risk estimates for individuals consuming Great Lakes sport fish contaminated with DDT and aldrin/dieldrin.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Fish and fishery management | Lakes | Health hazards | Basins | Pollutants | Pesticides | Water pollution | Great Lakes

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