How do we know that Alaska’s Fish Consumption Rate is set too low?

Alaska leads the nation in subsistence food use, harvesting over 50 million pounds of wild foods annually. The most recent and well-designed effort to measure Fish Consumption Rates for Alaska communities comes from the Seldovia Village Tribe, who found an FCR of 247.1 grams to be statistically representative in South Central Alaska. Data confirming the need for a much higher rate has been around for decades from sources such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska’s Division of Public Health, and SEARHC. It is the EPA’s recommendation that this type of local or regional data dictates a state’s FCR.