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2002 National Fish Forum

Proceedings of the 2002 National Forum

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Representatives of 47 states, 30 tribes, 6 federal agencies, several Canadian provinces and other interested organizations attended the 2002 Forum on Contaminants in Fish sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and convened by the American Fisheries Society in Burlington Vermont.

The agenda was developed by a steering committee with representatives of states, tribes, federal agencies and the AFS. The steering committee developed an agenda that presents a variety of perspectives and approaches to the difficult issues facing states and tribes, including how to address cumulative risks and mixtures; risks to those most exposed; and the need to integrate perspectives and responsibilities of health and environment agencies. The Forum also included topical breakout sessions for more in-depth presentations and discussion on Sunday, along with the regional breakouts that have been customary. The forum also included a poster and information exchange session.

This document presents the proceedings of the Forum. It includes summaries of all presentations in the plenary session, copies of slides presented, a list of participants, and other information about the forum. Additional copies are available from the American Fisheries Society in Bethesda, Maryland.


Summary of Conference Presentations

At the 2002 forum, 33 speakers presented technical information, perspectives on policy development, and experiences in developing and implementing advisory programs. Biosketches for the speakers are included in the appendix, as are black and white copies of slides presented. The presentations were organized into nine sessions:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Guest Speaker
  • Update on Activities Related to the 2001 Forum
  • Reports from the Weekend Sessions
  • Advisories for Commercial Fish: Federal, State, and Tribal Approaches
  • Hot Topics – Chemicals of Concern
  • Approaches to State and Tribal Advisories
  • Approaches to Considering Benefits in Advisory Programs
  • Current Science on the Benefits of Fish Consumption

Moderators for the panels offered additional comments and perspectives. In addition, forum participants had an opportunity to ask questions and make comments after most of the presentations.

Seven additional presentations were made during workshops held on Sunday October 20. While these presentations are not summarized in this document, slides from these talks are included in the Appendix.

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Cover, Table of Contents & Sections I-V (PDF) (1.2 MB, 27 pp.)
I. Welcome and Introductions
II. Guest Speaker
III. Updates to the Forum
IV. Reports from the Weekend Sessions
V. Advisories for Commercial Fish

Sections VI-X (PDF) (1.2 MB, 41 pp.)
VI. Chemicals of Concern: Mercury, Brominated Flame Retardants, Dioxins and Coplanar PCBs, Lead, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
VII. State and Tribal Approaches to Advisories
VIII. Approaches to Considering Benefits in Advisory Programs
IX. Looking at Health Benefits of Consuming Fish
X. Literature Cited

Appendices 1-4 (PDF) (397 K, 30 pp.)
Appendix 1: Conference
Appendix 2: Steering Committee Members
Appendix 3: Biographies of Speakers, Moderators, and Steering Committee Members
Appendix 4: Forum Participants

Appendix 5: Slides Presented by Speakers during the Forum


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