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Texas Science Festival: Mercury Exposure From Subsistence Fishing: An Alaskan example of how monitoring data can help with Kristin Nielsen
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 07:00pm - 08:00pm

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Many cultures around the world rely on subsistence fishing as a way to meet their family’s basic food requirements, a source of non-monetary income and as a way to participate in and pass on traditional values and cultural knowledge. In the United States, the most widespread reliance on subsistence fishing occurs in Alaska, particularly in remote wilderness communities that live off the grid and off the land. However, the practice of subsistence fishing is increasingly being viewed with skepticism in these communities due to concerns about mercury exposure from fish. This presentation will discuss how regional level biomonitoring data and public health trends can be used to determine whether the risks that accompany subsistence fishing outweigh the rewards.