Cultural biases impact native fish, too
From art to religion to land use, much of what is deemed valuable in the United States was shaped centuries ago by the white male perspective. Fish, it turns out, are no exception.
A study published in Fisheries Magazine, a journal of the American Fisheries Society, explores how colonialist attitudes toward native fishes were rooted in elements of racism and sexism.
The study describes how those attitudes continue to shape fisheries management today, often to the detriment of native fishes. Led by the University of California, Davis, with Nicholls State University and a national team of fisheries, researchers found that nearly all states have policies that encourage overfishing native species.