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HEALTH CONSULTATION


HUDSON RIVER PCBS
GLEN FALLS, WARREN COUNTY, NEW YORK


APPENDIX A - LIST OF COMMON AND SCIENTIFIC NAMES OF FISH AND CRABS REPORTED BEING CAUGHT

 

Common Name Scientific Name Family
Alewife Alosa pseudoharengus Clupeidae
American eel Anguilla rostrata Anguillidae
American shad Alosa sapidissima Clupeidae
Atlantic silverside Menidia menidia Atherinidae
Black crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus Centrarchidae
Blueback herring Alosa aestivalis Clupeidae
Blue crab Calinectes sapidus  
Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix Pomatomidae
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus Centrarchidae
Brown bullhead Ameiurus nebulosus Ictaluridae
Brown trout Salmo trutta Salmonidae
Carp Cyprinus carpio Cyprinidae
Channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus Ictaluridae
Freshwater drum Aplodinotus grunniens Sciaenidae
Golden shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas Cyprinidae
Largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides Centrarchidae
Northern pike Esox lucius Esocidae)
Pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus Centrarchidae
Red hake Urophycis chuss Gadidae
Rock bass Ambloplites rupestris Centrarchidae
Smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu Centrarchidae
Striped bass Morone saxatilis Moronidae
White catfish Ameiurus catus Ictaluridae
White perch Morone americana Moronidae
White sucker Catostomus commersoni Catostomidae
Yellow perch Perca flavescens Percidae

 

APPENDIX B- SURVEY INSTRUMENT

QUESTIONNAIRE - HUDSON RIVER ANGLER SURVEY, 1996


Interviewer: ______________________________________

Date: _______/_______/_______ Day of Week: __________
       month    day    year

Time Started: ____________ Time Finished: ____________

Site: _________________________________________________

Gender of Person Being Interviewed: M   F

1) I am taking a survey of fishing activity along the Hudson River. May I ask you some questions?

____Yes
____No - (THANK PERSON AND TERMINATE INTERVIEW)

 


2) Have you already been interviewed this year about recreational fishing?

____Yes - (END INTERVIEW)
____No

3) What types of fish are you trying to catch? (LIST)


4) What fishing or crabbing equipment are you using today?

____ Hook and line
____ Trap
____ Net
____ Other: _______________________________


5) Have you caught anything here today, and if so, what?

Species          Number caught          Size (MEASURE!)



6) How many times have you fished or crabbed on the Hudson River in the last seven days (that is from ______ until today)?



7) How many times have you fished or crabbed on the Hudson River in the last month (that is from ______ until today)?


8) What is the main reason that you fish or crab?


9) For what other reasons do you fish or crab?
  (LIST IN ORDER GIVEN)





10) We would like to know what you do with the fish or crabs that you catch. Do you do any of the following with your catch- often, sometimes, rarely, or never?
(READ FROM THE LIST BELOW, CHECK EACH APPLICABLE ANSWER)

 
 
Eat:
Toss back:
Fertilizer:
Bait:
Throw in trash:
Give away:
Sell:

OFTEN

SOMETIMES

RARELY

NEVER

           
        
       
       
       
       
       

If you give them away, what do the people you give them to do with them?

Eat: _____
Fertilizer: _____
Bait: _____
Other: ___________________________ (WHAT)
Don't know: _____

If you sell them, what do the people you sell them to do with them?

Eat: _____
Fertilizer: _____
Bait: _____
Other: ___________________________ (WHAT)
Don't know: _____

 

11) What do you think most people here do with their catch?
  (RECORD IN ORDER GIVEN)

(IF RESPONDENT DOES NOT EAT CATCH, CONTINUE. IF THEY DO EAT CATCH, SKIP TO QUESTION 17)

 

12) Have you ever eaten fish or crabs from here in the past?

Yes ____ (SKIP TO QUESTION 14)
No ____



13) Why don't you eat your catch?
 (SKIP TO QUESTION 20)


14) What kind of fish or crab did you eat?
 (RECORD ALL ANSWERS GIVEN)

 


15) How often during the fishing season did you eat these fish or crabs? (READ ALL CHOICES)

4 or more times a week ____
2 or 3 times a week ____
once a week ____
2 to 3 times a month ____
once a month ____
less than once a month ____

 

16) Why did you stop eating these fish?

(SKIP TO QUESTION 20)
-----------------------------------------------------------

(RESUME QUESTIONS HERE IF RESPONDENT DOES EAT THEIR CATCH)

17) How many times in the last week (that is from _____ until today) did you eat fish or crabs from the Hudson River?

# of meals ________ (EMPHASIZE NUMBER OF MEALS, NOT FISH)

 


18) How many times in the last month (that is from _____ until today) did you eat fish or crabs from the Hudson River?

# of meals ________ (EMPHASIZE NUMBER OF MEALS, NOT FISH)

 

19) Who, besides yourself, eats the fish or crabs you catch from this area? (FOR EACH PERSON LISTED, RECORD THE FOLLOWING)

-Relation to respondent
-Age
-What kind of fish or crab they eat
-Whether they eat more, the same, or less than respondent

Relation        Age        Type of fish/crab        Amount (more, same, less)


(RESUME QUESTIONING HERE WITH ALL RESPONDENTS)

20) Are there any fish or crabs that people catch here, that are not safe to eat?

Yes ____
No ____ (SKIP TO QUESTION 26)
No opinion/Don't know ____ (SKIP TO QUESTION 26)

 

21) What fish or crabs that people catch here are not safe to eat?

 

22) Is it the whole fish or crab that is not safe to eat, or just parts of them?


23) Why are they not safe to eat?


24) What would happen if you ate them?

 

25) If you ate these fish or crabs and had no reaction within a day or two, would that mean the fish or crabs are safe to eat?

Yes ____
No ____
Don't know ____

26) How can you tell if the fish or crabs caught here, or their parts, are safe to eat?

 

27) Is there any way to make the fish or crabs that are caught here safer to eat after they have been caught?

No ____
If yes, what are they?

28) For the fish or crabs that you catch here, would you say that eating them: (READ ALL CHOICES)

Poses no risk at all _____
Poses a slight risk _____
Poses a serious risk _____


29) Would you say the water here is: (READ ALL CHOICES)

Not at all polluted _____
Slightly polluted _____
Quite polluted _____



30) (IF RESPONDENT BELIEVES THAT THE WATER IS MORE POLLUTED THAN THE FISH- COMPARE ANSWERS TO 28 & 29): If the water is slightly/quite polluted, why does eating the fish pose no risk/a slight risk?


31) Please answer yes, no, or don't know for each of the following questions:

 

Yes

No

Don't Know

-Do you think the fish you catch here are contaminated?

 

 

 

-Do you believe that eating fish caught at this site would pose a risk to your health?

 

 

 

-Would you like more information about the potential risks from eating fish that are contaminated

 

 

 

-Would you like more information about how you can control the risks from eating contaminated fish?

 

 

 



32) Do you happen to know if there are any official health warnings about eating the fish that are caught here?

Yes ____
No ____ (SKIP TO QUESTION 39)
Don't know ____ (SKIP TO QUESTION 39)

 


33) What warnings are you aware of?



34) How did you originally learn about them?



35) Do you happen to know who makes these health advisories?
(READ ALL CHOICES)

Federal gov't ____
State gov't ____
County ____
Town ____
Other ____
Don't know ____


36) Do you agree, disagree, or have no opinion about the following statements?

 

Agree

Disagree

No Opinion

The health advisories provide me with enough information to decide whether or not to eat certain fish.

  

 

 

Many of the health advisories are not needed or are exaggerated.      


37) Since you learned about the health advisories, have you made any changes in either your fishing habits or in eating the fish you catch?

Yes _____
No _____ (SKIP TO QUESTION 39)


38) What changes have you made since you learned of the health advisories? Do you: (READ, CHECK EACH THAT APPLIES)

No longer eat the fish you catch _____
Eat less of the fish you catch _____
Eat more of the fish you catch _____
Clean or cook the fish differently _____
Fish in different locations _____
Fish less often _____
Fish more often _____
Change the type of fish you try to catch _____
Other:

39) What age group are you in? (READ)

  under 10 ____ 35-39 ____
  10-14 ____ 40-44 ____
  15-19 ____ 45-49 ____
  20-24 ____ 50-54 ____
  25-29 ____ 55-59 ____
  30-34 ____ 60+ ____



40) What is your race or ethnic background?

41) In what range is your yearly household income before taxes? (READ CHOICES)

  <$10,000 ____    
  $10,000-$29,999 ____    
  $30,000-$49,999 ____    
  $50,000-$69,999 ____    
  $70,000-$89,999 ____    
  $90,000+ ____    



42) How many people are there in your household?


43) Do you have a New York fishing license?

Yes ____
No ____

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME!

 

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