Evaluation of Angler Fish Consumption After a Health Advisory on Lake Hartwell, Georgia and South Carolina

A roving creel survey was conducted on Lake Hartwell, Georgia and South Carolina, in 1992 to evaluate spatial and temporal differences in anglers' awareness of a fish consumption advisory and their fish consumption habits. A higher percentage of Georgia residents were interviewed in areas of Lake Hartwell that included large proportions of the Georgia shoreline. The frequencies of anglers that ate fish they caught from Lake Hartwell and percentages of anglers not aware of the current health advisory were generally higher in these areas. Mean per capita fish consumption estimates were higher in spring and summer than in winter and fall. Within season comparisons of mean per capita estimates among lake strata indicated consumption rates were higher in areas of Lake Hartwell closer in proximity to Georgia and in one particular area encompassed by South Carolina. Anglers consumed an estimated 0.23 kg of fish per month in 1992 lake-wide. Georgia anglers appeared unaware of the current health advisory. Most anglers continued to consume fish they caught from Lake Hartwell.

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