FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: T.J. Bucholz
The Michigan Department of Community Health has released preliminary
findings from a fish consumption survey of people fishing and eating fish from
From March 2005 through March 2006, 1,088 people – who were fishing in the Saginaw Watershed – were asked to complete a survey about their fish consumption habits. Preliminary results were presented today at a stakeholder group meeting established by MDCH and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, which provided funding for this study.
While survey results suggest that there is a general awareness of the
existence of the fish consumption advisory, many people are not using the
advisory to the fullest extent. The
fish advisory provides knowledge to
Additional findings from this study show that many people are eating fish
The findings support the need for continued partnerships between MDCH and
local community groups in the City of
The advisory for catfish and carp from these rivers is listed in the Michigan Family Fish Consumption Guide as “Do not eat these fish” at www.michigan.gov/mdch-toxics.
The MDCH Division of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology conducted the fish consumption survey. Questions concerning this work can be directed to Kory Groetsch or Linda Dykema toll free at 1-800-648-6942