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1 April 2007 Human Dietary Intake of Organochlorines from Baltic Herring: Implications of Individual Fish Variability and Fisheries Management
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This study examines the extent to which Finnish human dietary intake of organochlorines (PCDD/Fs and PCBs) originating from Northern Baltic herring can be influenced by fisheries management. This was investigated by estimation of human intake using versatile modeling tools (e.g., a herring population model and a bioenergetics model). We used a probabilistic approach to account for the variation in human intake of organochlorines originating from the variation among herring individuals. Our estimates were compared with present precautionary limits and recommendation for use. The results show that present consumption levels and frequencies of herring give a high probability of exceeding recommended intake limits of PCDD/Fs and PCBs. Furthermore, our results clearly demonstrate that in the risk management of dioxinlike organochlorines, regulating fishing (in this case increasing fishing pressure) is a far less effective way to decrease the risk than regulating the consumption of herring. Increased fishing would only slightly decrease organochlorine concentrations of herring in the Finnish fish market.
Mikko Kiljunen, Mari Vanhatalo, Samu Mäntyniemi, Heikki Peltonen, Sakari Kuikka, Hannu Kiviranta, Raimo Parmanne, Jouni T. Tuomisto, Pekka J. Vuorinen, Anja Hallikainen, Matti Verta, Jukka Pönni, Roger I. Jones and Juha Karjalainen "Human Dietary Intake of Organochlorines from Baltic Herring: Implications of Individual Fish Variability and Fisheries Management," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 36(2), (1 April 2007). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447(2007)36[257:HDIOOF]2.0.CO;2
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