Trading off Fish Health and Safety: Female Decision-Making Processes Toward the Risk of Methylmercury in Fish.

This study takes a qualitative, point-in-time look at 26 females’ decision-making processes toward trading off the risks of mercury and the health benefits of a seafood diet. The data revealed five different decision-making processes, with 17 of the 26 participants indicating their fish consumption patterns did not change. Of the nine who changed their fish consumption in some way, six specifically reduced the amount of tuna they ate. Similarly, participants who were most at risk–women of childbearing age and those with young children–expressed fish consumption changes more frequently than others, especially in the amount of tuna they consumed. **********

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