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Perceptions and Behaviors Regarding Seafood Consumption Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Journal: Athens Journal of Health (Vol.3, No. 3)

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Page : 203-216

Keywords : Consumer attitudes; Environmental health; Oil spills;

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The Deepwater Horizon oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico (United States of America) had an impact on those living in Louisiana, including job and income loss, and changes in seafood consumption. This study examined perceptions and behaviors related to seafood consumption for students/staff at a Louisiana university. After university approval, 1,436 randomly selected individuals were sent an explanatory email with a link to survey questions. Non-responders received second and third requests at three-week intervals, resulting in 239 participants. Concern about the safety of seafood was greatest six months after the spill. Nearly two-thirds indicated no change while 35% decreased seafood consumption. Before the spill, 43% asked about the seafood source, while 64% did after. Respondents changed consumption patterns during and after the spill. Most expressed concern regarding the oil and use of dispersants. Behaviors were influenced primarily by TV and newspapers which respondents considered trustworthy.

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