Beth Kaplan, DHS (608) 266-1683
Candy Schrank, DNR (608) 267-7614
STATE OFFICIALS SEEK MALE ANGLERS AGE 50+ TO PARTICIPATE
IN ONLINE SURVEY ON FISH CONSUMPTION
MADISONState health and natural resources officials announced
today they are asking male anglers age 50 and over to fill out an online
survey on fish consumption. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of
Health Services (DHS) and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the survey will be available through 2013.
"The survey will help us understand how much fish they eat,
whether fish consumption advice is reaching this population, and the best
ways to inform them about reducing their exposure to environmental
contaminants in fish," said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and DHS officials hope to hear from
5,000 men who fish Wisconsin waters.
Most state and federal fish consumption advice focuses on those most
vulnerable to the effects of environmental contaminants — pregnant women,
their developing fetuses, and young children, but older adults can also be
Sport fishing is a popular activity in Wisconsin, with more than 1.3
million fishing licenses sold each year. "While fish are low in fat
and contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fishing in Wisconsin
waters also carries some risk of exposure to chemical contamination by
eating one's catch," said Anderson.
Survey participants will help state officials understand Wisconsin
anglers' fishing activity, how much of their catch they consume, and the
effectiveness of outreach materials on healthy fish eating practices, he
To participate in the survey, male anglers age 50 or older who live in
Wisconsin all or part of the year are invited to visit: https://study.uwsc.wisc.edu/anglers.
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Last Revised: December 02, 2011