Underserved Minority Groups in Urban Fishing: Regulations, Motivation, Management and Attitudes

Monday, September 9, 2013: 3:40 PM
Fulton (Statehouse Convention Center)
Ryan Fletcher , Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
William W. Taylor , Fisheries & Wildlife; Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Aaron McCright , Sociology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Hannibal Bolton , Wildlife and Sportfisihing and Restoration Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC

Although, minorities consume fish in greater quantities than the general population, many urban communities are not aware of fishing regulations and management practices.  This study explores the cultural divide between fisheries participation and minority populations along the Grand River adjacent to communities in Lansing, MI.  Results will be presented documenting current fishing trends, individuals’ motivation for fishing, and obstacles challenging minority populations from participating in fishing opportunities.  Data will include anonymous creel surveys and interviews among minority anglers to establish the factors which influence urban fishing participation.  The role local and state fishing agencies play in the inclusion, education, and engagement of minority communities will also be presented.  Fisheries management and the future of urban fishing rely upon improved understanding of the importance of the river ecosystem and current fishing practices in order to properly assess fishing effort, focus outreach programs, and promote the sustainable usage of these resources.