The Sierra Fund Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan is on the agenda for the May 17, 2011 meeting of the Delta Tributaries Mercury Council. Dr. Monohan will present findings from TSF’s 2009-2010 Gold Country Angler Survey, which interviewed anglers at Sierra Nevada waterbodies to learn about their fish consumption and potential exposure to mercury.
Delta Tributaries Mercury Council meetings are open to the public. This meeting will be held May 17, 2011, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., at 707 4th Street, Suite 200 in Davis, CA.
The Gold Country Angler Survey is the first fish consumption survey conducted in the Sierra Nevada. The effort collected and analyzed responses from 151 individuals who were fishing at lakes, rivers and reservoirs including Camp Far West Reservoir, the American River at Nimbus Dam, Rollins Reservoir, Lake Englebright, and Lake Wildwood. Survey participants included a range of ethnicities and age levels.
Preliminary data analysis shows that nearly 90% of individuals surveyed eat fish from Sierra waterbodies, and many also bring the fish they catch home to feed their family members.
The Gold Country Angler Survey report is currently being finalized and distributed for review by advisors. Stay tuned for its release date!