Fishing is often perceived as an enjoyable activity, and eating fish is viewed as safe and healthful.
However, with recent increases in consumption advisories because of contamination, the public is faced with whether to eat fish or not.
In this article I examine the knowledge base of people fishing along the Savannah River, where South Carolina has issued consumption advisories because of mercury and radionuclides.
Over 250 people fishing from the Augusta lock and dam to south of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) were interviewed from early April until late November 1997.
Overall 82% of the fishermen thought the fish were safe to eat, even though 62% had heard some warnings about eating the fish.
There were significant differences in whether people thought the fish were safe to eat as a function of income, age, education, and whether they were employed at the Savannah River Site.
Significantly more fishermen thought the fish were safe who made more than $20,000/year, were over 34 yr of age, worked at SRS, and had no college or technical training, compared to others.
Significantly fewer blacks had heard of consumption advisories than whites, fewer low-income people had heard, and fewer people who had not worked at SRS had heard, compared to others.
Most people heard about the advisories from television, newspapers, and other people, although more blacks than whites heard about advisories from the radio. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Evaluation risque, Homme, Ethnie, Blanc, Noir américain, Age, Consommation alimentaire, Pisces, Vertebrata, Pêche, Toxicité, Pollution eau, Eau rivière, Caroline du Sud, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Métal lourd, Pollution radioactive, Surveillance sanitaire, Information public
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Risk assessment, Human, Ethnic group, White, Black American, Age, Food intake, Pisces, Vertebrata, Fishing, Toxicity, Water pollution, River water, South Carolina, United States, North America, America, Heavy metal, Radioactive pollution, Sanitary surveillance, Public information
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0018135
Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 31/05/1999.