Fisheries management to reduce contaminant consumption

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This paper concludes that contaminants in Lake Michigan fishes are likely to remain above detectable levels for some time. Some interest groups have called for measures ranging from additional effluent controls to a ban on the industrial use of chlorine. Such measures, however well intended, are likely to have little impact on many of the contaminants of primary concern. PCBs, in particular, are largely the legacy of past activities and are not likely to be substantially affected by additional regulation. The authors review several options for reducing human exposure to PCBs, using relatively simple fisheries manipulations, although they do not propose that these measures are the ultimate solution to the contaminant problem. Of the options presented, the most promising is the replacement of lake trout with less-contaminated species, such as rainbow trout.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Fisheries management to reduce contaminant consumption
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.2307/1312627
Volume 45
Issue 11
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 752
Last page 758
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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