Why Is Diversity Important to Fisheries?
As fisheries professionals we are charged with conserving and managing aquatic resources locally, nationally, and world-wide. These activities require recognition that the American Fisheries Society is composed of diverse peoples with unique perspectives, identities, backgrounds, and values. Given that that science and management always have benefitted from inclusion of diverse viewpoints, AFS will benefit by including people from a diversity of backgrounds. This should occur, not in just a symbolic manner, but in a capacity that enables them to actively address and shape fisheries and the interests of diverse stakeholders. An inclusive culture within the fisheries profession empowers individuals to actively engage in processes that shape actions, policies, and cultures at all levels in the fisheries community.
The goal of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standing Committee of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is to identify systemic problems affecting diversity and inclusion in the Society and offer solutions for change. With AFS leadership, we hope to improve the culture of the Society by understanding and addressing barriers that have historically limited progress in achieving our shared vision of a more diverse and inclusive AFS. We strive to serve all peoples of the fisheries community and to help AFS culture evolve to better serve this dynamic group of people. We will implement action items at leadership and individual levels to make AFS more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
- PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Favorite fish is Cowfish.
- President Elect of the Equal Opportunities Section.
- Assistant Unit Leader, USGS Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
- Fan and supporter of all fishdom, but if had to choose one that is cool and has a name that is fun to say, it would be Mola mola, the ocean sunfish.
- PhD student, University of Washington.
- Favorite fish is Slimy Sculpin.
- PhD candidate in fisheries, University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
- Works with crabs and favorite fish is Leafy Seadragon.
- Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Western Division AFS.