Recreational Angler Perspectives of Nonnative Fish Species and Mercury Advisories Thesis

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Edwards, Christopher J.

abstract

  • The central Everglades serve as a Wildlife Management Area and as a Water Conservation Area for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area. It is also home to over 22 nonnative freshwater fish species and carries restrictive fish consumption guidelines for Mercury. In my study, boat anglers and canal bank anglers were personally interviewed in the field, to research their awareness and perspectives of these potential environmental and health threats. The study found 78% of anglers were aware of the presence of nonnative fish species, but favored native fish species, and that 69% were aware of mercury advisories, but did not eat fewer fish because of them. Demographic characteristics were found to predict awareness, which differed significantly between angler types. Public awareness campaigns of nonnative fish impacts should target high school educated, canal bank anglers while mercury advisories should be directed at canal bank anglers, who typically keep and consume their catch more than boat anglers, to those who live more than 30 miles from the area, and all anglers under the age of 48.

publication date

  • November 15, 2013

keywords

  • advisory
  • angler
  • awareness
  • canals
  • everglades
  • exotic
  • fish
  • mercury
  • perspective
  • survey

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