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2004 National Fish Forum

Proceedings of the 2004 National Forum
San Diego, CA January 25–28

Proceedings of the 2004 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish (PDF) (298 pp, 19MB, About PDF)
The document contains abstracts of presentations, copies of the slides used by presenters, transcriptions of questions and answers raised, and other informaton presented at the forum.

The contents of these documents do not necessarily represent the views and policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of use.

Presentation slides and agenda

Day 1, Sunday, January 25, 2004 All Presentations from Sunday (ZIP) (7 files; 3.0 MB)
9:00 - 5:00 Registration
11:00 - 1:00 State and Tribal Regional Work Groups
  • Topics of Interest to Regional Groups
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 2:15 Forum Organization & Objectives Jeff Bigler, USEPA, OST
Robert Brodberg, CA EPA, OEEHA
Steve Ellis, Tetra Tech, Inc.
2:15 - 2:35 Pros & Cons of Focus Group Testing Steve Bradbard, Consumer Studies, Food & Drug Administration
A. Monitoring Strategies to Support Fish Advisories
Moderator: Randy Manning, GA Department of Natural Resources
2:35 - 2:55 EPA National Contaminant Study Design & Uses of Data Leanne Stahl, USEPA, OST
2:55 - 3:15 Model Application for Developing Fish Advisories Stephen Wente, USGS
3:15 - 3:30 Round Table Discussion on How Federal Agencies Can Assist State/Tribe Monitoring Programs
3:30 - 3:45 Break
B. Approaches to Melding Commercial & Noncommercial Fish Advisories
Moderator: Bob Gerlach, AK Department of Environmental Conservation
3:45 - 4:00 Minnesota Fish Consumption Advisory Pat McCann, MN Department of Health
4:00 - 4:15 Maine Fish Consumption Advisory Eric Frohmberg, ME Bureau of Health
4:15 - 4:30 North Carolina's New Advice on Eating Fish Luanne Williams, NC Department of Health & Human Services
4:30 - 4:45 Florida Fish Consumption Advisory (presentation unavailable) George Henderson, FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
4:45 - 5:15 Round Table Discussion
Day 2: Monday, January 26, 2004 All Presentations from Monday (ZIP) (12 files; 3.3 MB)
8:00 - 8:20 Formal Welcome & Introductions General Forum Moderators:
Jeffrey Bigler, USEPA, OST
Bob Brodberg, CA EPA, OEHHA
Welcome from USEPA
Welcome from California Val Siebal, CA EPA, OEHHA
Mercury Issues
Moderator: Henry Folmar, MS Department of Environmental Protection
8:20 - 8:35 Mercury Levels in Tuna & Other Major Commercial Fish Species in Hawaii (PDF, 310 K) Barbara Brooks, HI Health Department, Hazard Evaluation & Emergency Response
8:35 - 8:45 Mercury Concentrations in North Carolina's Top Five Commercially Sold & Recreationally Caught Marine Fish Luanne Williams, NC Department of Health & Human Services
8:45 - 9:00 Options for a Gulf States' Mercury Advisory for King Mackerel Donald Axelrad, FL Department of Environmental Protection
9:00 - 9:15 Recent Washington State Data on Mercury Concentrations in Tuna Jim VanDerslice, WA Department of Health
9:15 - 9:30 Recent FDA Data on Mercury Concentrations in Fish David Acheson, Food & Drug Administration
9:30 - 9:45 Panel Questions for Clarification
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:10 Forum Organization & Objectives Steve Ellis, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Mercury Issues, continued
Moderator: Henry Anderson, WI Department of Health & Human Services
10:10 - 10:35 Update on Recent Epidemiologic Mercury Studies Kate Mahaffey, USEPA.
10:35 - 10:55 Update on the Current Mercury RfD & the Implications for Revisions Based on Recent Data Alan Stern, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Science, Research & Technology
10:55 - 11:05 Panel Questions for Clarification
11:05 - 11:35 National Mercury Advisory: Description of Existing Advisory & August 2003 FDA FAC Recommendations David Acheson, Food & Drug Administration
Denise Keehner, USEPA
11:35 - 12:05 National Mercury Advisory: Exposure Assessment & Peer Review David Acheson, Food & Drug Administration
Rita Schoeny, USEPA
12:05 - 12:15 Panel Questions for Clarification
12:15 - 1:45 Lunch
Mercury Issues, continued
Moderator: Henry Anderson, WI Department of Health & Human Services
1:45 - 2:00 Mercury Focus Group Testing Results Marjorie Davidson, Food & Drug Administration
2:00 - 2:35 National Mercury Advisory: Overview of the new Joint Agency National Mercury Advisory Jim Pendergast, USEPA, OST & David Acheson, Food & Drug Administration
2:35 - 2:50 Panel Questions for Clarification
2:50 - 3:15 National Mercury Advisory: Communication/Implementation Strategies: Open Forum
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 Regional Breakout Sessions
  • Mercury Issues: State/Tribe Reactions & Needs Assessment
6:00 - 8:00 Reception & Poster Displays
Day 3, Tuesday, January 27, 2004 All Presentations from Tuesday (ZIP) (10 files; 9.3 MB)
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome & Introductions General Forum Moderators:
Jeffrey Bigler, USEPA, OST
Bob Brodberg, CA EPA, OEHHA
8:15 - 9:25 Regional Group Reports: National Mercury Advisory Comments & Reactions
9:25 - 9:40 Break
Risk Management Issues
Moderator: Luanne Williams, NC Department of Health & Human Services
9:40 - 10:00 Results of Different Methods Used to Evaluate State Mercury Advisories Henry Anderson, WI Division of Public Health
10:00 - 10:20 Web-based Guidance on Risk Communication: An Update & Demonstration Barbara Knuth, Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources
10:20 - 10:50 Risks & Benefits Revisited Grace Egeland, McGill University
10:50 - 11:10 Fish Smart, Eat Safe! - Risk Communication to Diverse Populations in an Urban Setting Lin Kaatz Chary, Great Lakes Center for Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
11:10 - 11:35 Palos Verdes Shelf Fish Contamination Risk Communication Sharon Lin, USEPA Region 9, & Gina Margillo, Impact Assessment, Inc.
11:35 - 11:55 Mississippi Delta Case Study: Risk Communication Linda Vaught, MS Department of Environmental Quality, Information Center
11:55 - 12:15 Risk Communication for Medical Practitioners Steve Blackwell, ATSDR
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch
Monitoring Contaminants in Fish
Moderator: Brian Toal, Connecticut Department of Public Health
1:30 - 2:00 Contaminants in Farmed Salmon from Around the World David Carpenter, University at Albany, SUNY
2:00 - 2:20 Factors Affecting Contaminant Exposures in Fishes: Habitat, Life History & Diet Sandie O'Neill, WA Department Fish & Wildlife
2:20 - 2:40 Model Application for Developing State Fish Advisories Stephen Wente, USGS
2:40 - 2:55 Panel Questions for Clarification
2:55 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 5:00 Regional Breakout Sessions
  • Monitoring & Risk Management: State/Tribe Reactions & Needs Assessment
Day 4, Wednesday, January 28, 2004 All Presentations from Wednesday (ZIP) (3 files; 815 K)
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome & Introductions General Forum Moderators:
Jeffrey Bigler, USEPA, OST
Bob Brodberg, CA EPA, OEHHA
Chemical Updates
Moderator: Joseph Beaman, MD Department of the Environment
8:15 - 8:40 PBDEs - Rising Levels in Fish, Tox Review & the California Ban Tom McDonald, CA EPA, OEHHA
8:40 - 9:00 Dioxin Rita Schoeny, USEPA, OW
9:00 - 9:20 Arsenic: Speciation & Hazard Charles Abernathy, USEPA, OST
9:20 - 9:35 Break
Forum State/Tribe Reactions & Needs Assessment: Regional Presentations & Discussion
Moderator: Bob Brodberg, CA EPA, OEHHA
9:35 - 11:20 Regional Presentations
11:20 - 11:50 Questions & Comments
11:50 - 12:00 Closing Remarks General Forum Moderators:
Jeffrey Bigler, USEPA, OST
Bob Brodberg, CA EPA, OEHHA

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