Urban waterways like the Detroit River contain legacy toxins that are stored in the fat of fish feeding there years after the polluting source has been eliminated. Fish consumption advisories have proven largely ineffective with low-income people of color who are more likely to fish for consumption than for sport. Specially trained “river walkers,” anglers who also fish for consumption, are helping educate their peers by distributing Michigan Department of Community Health’s Eat Safe Fish materials through the Wayne State University River Walkers Program. The materials can be viewed at www.michigan.gov/eatsafefish.
On February 15, 2017March 29, 2017