Subsistence Fishing

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Anacostia Riverkeeper, supported by a coalition of funders and watershed advisors, has concluded an in-depth study of the attitudes among Anacostia River anglers about their perceptions of the dangers of fish consumption from the Anacostia River. The report finds thousands of area anglers consume and share toxic Anacostia fish and are generally unaware of fish consumption advisories released by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia

This research effort would not have occurred without funding from the following institutions. Our organization is very grateful for their generosity:

Chesapeake Bay Trust
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


We are also grateful to our Advisory Team for their contributions to our project.

Advisory Committee

Tom Brosnan, Branch Chief  Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA
Jon Cooper, Regulatory Specialist, US Coast Guard
Bryan King, Associate Director Fisheries and Wildlife Division, District Department of the Environment (DDOE)                                                                                                             
Jorge Bogantes-Montero, Stewardship Team -Conservation Biologist, Anacostia Watershed Society
Janet Phoenix, MD, MPH Coordinator, DC Environmental Health Collaborative (DCEHC)
Fred Pinkney, Senior Biologist Environmental Contaminants Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Emily Ferguson, National Capital Parks East, NPS
Kacey Wetzel, Program Officer, Chesapeake Bay Trust

Report Finds Thousands of Area Anglers Consume and Share Toxic Anacostia Fish


Study Shows Anglers are Generally Unaware of the Fish Consumption Advisories Released by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia