Fish Consumption Project

Center for Human Health and the Environment Pilot Project: Exploring fish consumption as a route of human Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure


Study Goals:
1) Survey anglers to define how they utilize the Cape Fear River fish
2) Analyze PFAS concentrations in muscle tissue of most consumed fish
3) Create educational materials to inform and educate anglers on PFAS and other exposures and on how to decrease contamination potential

Though human exposure to PFAS is primarily through drinking water, evidence has suggested that a fish-based diet may contribute to PFAS body burden

The Belcher Lab is working to better understand the potential and magnitude of dietary exposure to PFAS among anglers and their families, and to limit exposure to PFAS and other contaminants in recreational fish. We have created a survey that will provide insight on what species are caught and consumed so that we can determine PFAS levels in the tissues of the most consumed fish species. If you are between the ages of 18 and 64 and an angler or a person that eats fish caught from the Cape Fear River we want to hear from you!


Take the Survey