Skip Navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Your Environment. Your Health.

Publication Detail

Title: Building and Maintaining a Citizen Science Network With Fishermen and Fishing Communities Post Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Using a CBPR Approach.

Authors: Sullivan, John; Croisant, Sharon; Howarth, Marilyn; Rowe, Gilbert T; Fernando, Harshica; Phillips-Savoy, Amanda; Jackson, Dan; Prochaska, John; Ansari, Ghulam A S; Penning, Trevor M; Elferink, Cornelis; Community Partner Authors: Louisiana Environmental Action Network, United Houma Nation, Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing, Dustin Nguyen-Vietnamese Community Partner, Center for Environmental & Economic Justice, and Alabama Fisheries CooperativeProject Community Scientist Author: Wilma Subra

Published In New Solut, (2018 11)

Abstract: When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in 2010, the immediate threats to productive deep water and estuarial fisheries and the region's fishing and energy economies were obvious. Less immediately obvious, but equally unsettling, were risks to human health posed by potential damage to the regional food web. This paper describes grassroots and regional efforts by the Gulf Coast Health Alliance: health risks related to the Macondo Spill Fishermen's Citizen Science Network project. Using a community-based participatory research approach and a citizen science structure, the multiyear project measured exposure to petrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, researched the toxicity of these polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds, and communicated project findings and seafood consumption guidelines throughout the region (coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama). Description/analysis focuses primarily on the process of building a network of working fishermen and developing group environmental health literacy competencies.

PubMed ID: 30180781 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Community-Based Participatory Research; Cooperative Behavior; Disasters; Environmental Exposure/analysis*; Environmental Health/standards*; Environmental Monitoring/methods*; Food Contamination/analysis; Gulf of Mexico; Humans; Interinstitutional Relations; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (U.S.)/organization & administration; Occupational Exposure/analysis; Organizational Objectives; Petroleum Pollution/analysis*; Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons/analysis*; Program Development; Seafood/analysis; United States

to Top