New Publication Examines the Benefits and Risks of Eating Seafood
By Rebecca Zeiber, NH Sea Grant
July 9, 2008
Fish is an essential part of a healthy diet, but there are many challenges
in getting that message out to the public. NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative
Extension have partnered to produce a report examining the benefits of seafood
consumption as well as the potential health risks involved.
The report is based on a conference held last November in Concord titled “Seafood – Balancing
the Benefits and Risks.” The conference included presentations on seafood
safety given by researchers in the nutrition and health fields from the Harvard
School of Public Health, Tufts-New England Medical Center, the University of
Rhode Island and other institutions.
The report includes a synopsis of each presentation and the panel discussion
from the conference. Topics include the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, shellfish
pathogens, risk communication, consumer perceptions, aquaculture and media
reports on seafood consumption, as well as PCB and mercury content. The guide
is designed to clarify the health issues involved with seafood consumption
for the general public as well as sensitive populations such as children and
The speakers who participated in the conference had one dominant message:
Eat fish. Their studies show that the health benefits far exceed the risks,
and that seafood is an essential part of a healthy diet for the general public
and sensitive populations alike.
Print copies are available from NH Sea Grant for $15 each. A downloadable
PDF version is also available at http://www.seagrant.unh.edu/newsseafoodreport.html.
For more information or to place an order, contact NH Sea Grant communications
coordinator Steve Adams, 603-749-1565 or firstname.lastname@example.org).