Demographic and Geographic Patterns of Cetacean-based Food Product Consumption and Potential Mercury Exposure within a Caribbean Whaling Community

  title={Demographic and Geographic Patterns of Cetacean-based Food Product Consumption and Potential Mercury Exposure within a Caribbean Whaling Community},
  author={Russell Fielding and Jeremy J. Kiszka and Catherine C. Macdonald and Meaghan A. McCormack and Jessica M. Dutton and Alison DeGraff Ollivierre and Jay Arnett and Molly Elkins and Niko A. Darby and Hannah-Marie Garcia and Suzanne Skinner and Haley O. Tucker and Vincent Reid},
Background: Exposure to mercury (Hg) through the consumption of seafood is a major public health concern. The tissues of high trophic level marine organisms, such as cetaceans, often contain high concentrations of Hg compared to lower trophic level species. The archipelagic Caribbean nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines supports two related whaling operations, which produce food from cetaceans for human consumption. A recent study reported that Hg concentrations in tissue samples from one… 

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