Wilmington, NC: Partnership receives EPA grant to study fish consumption along the Northeast Cape Fear River.
Cape Fear River Watch, Wake Forest School of Medicine, New Hanover County NAACP & other members of the Southeast NC Environmental Justice Coalition, New Hanover County Department of Health, Duke University Superfund Research Center and Duke University Environmental Law & Policy Clinic have partnered in a study entitled: Identifying populations at risk: Fish consumption on the Northeast Cape Fear River.
Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately exposed to hazardous contaminants such as PCBs and mercury, particularly from consumption of fish from contaminated watersheds. This study will investigate low-income residents in a rural area just outside Wilmington NC who are likely to use the Northeast Cape Fear River as a source of food. Researchers aim to find out who is subsistence fishing along the Northeast Cape Fear River, who is most at risk from exposure to contaminants and how to engage and educate populations about fish consumption risks.
More educational materials will be forthcoming as a result of this study.
The Data Collectors
Ernest Mooring Jr.
Duke University Environmental Law & Policy Clinic
Duke University Superfund Research Center
Cape Fear River Watch
New Hanover County Department of Health
New Hanover County NAACP
Members of the Southeast NC Environmental Justice Coalition
Wake Forest School of Medicine