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Fish Consumption Advice for Alaskans

Table 1. Stakeholder Meetings and Workshops, January–March 2007

Date January 9

Description

Inter-agency meeting with Alaska Division of Public Health, Alaska Department. of Environmental Conservation and Alaska Department of Fish and Game

January 23

Meeting with Alaska Seafood Processors Advisory Committee, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and International Pacific Halibut Commission

January 30

Meeting with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Aleutian/Pribolof Islands Association, and University of Alaska

February 9 February 14–15

Hearing with Alaska legislators Presentations and workshop at the Alaska Forum on the Environment

March 27

Meeting with sports fishing charter operators at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting

The final aspect of the consumption advisory process is the ongoing development and implementation of an effective public communications and education strategy. ADEC, DPH, and ADF&G work together on this task, and use volume 4 of the EPA guidance document as a reference tool. 15

Purpose and Membership of the Alaska Scientific Advisory Committee for Fish Consumption

The purpose of the Alaska Scientific Advisory Committee for Fish Consumption is to provide scientific input and advice to DPH to assist with the development of optimal fish consumption recommendations for Alaska. Alaska scientists were selected for the Committee based upon their respective expertise in contaminants, human health and nutrition, in the context of Alaska’s unique social, cultural, economic and geographical challenges. The membership roster was created during a joint meeting with ADEC and DPH staff members, and respective Division Directors (Table 2).

Table 2. Alaska Scientific Advisory Committee for Fish Consumption Members

Name James Berner, M.D. Jay Butler, M.D. Larry Duffy, Ph.D. Bob Gerlach, V.M.D. Angela Matz, Ph.D. Joe McLaughlin, M.D.

Organization Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services

Expertise Pediatric medicine, contaminants Medical Epidemiology Chemistry, contaminants Veterinary Medicine, Fish Monitoring Contaminants biologist Medical Epidemiology

Todd O'Hara*, DVM Ph.D.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Environmental Toxicology Environmental Toxicology Fisheries Science

Lori Verbrugge, Ph.D. Doug Woodby, Ph.D.

Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

*Invited but could not attend on Nov. 30, 2006

Alaska-Specific Data Considered in the Development of Fish Consumption Recommendations

Alaska-specific data sources utilized in the decision-making process for the development of Alaska fish consumption recommendations include the following: Mercury Levels in Alaska Fish Human Biomonitoring (Mercury Levels in Human Hair or Blood) Fish Consumption Rates in Alaska Nutrition-related Disease Rates and Trends in Alaska

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