UWFox Hosts Scholars Series Presentation on ‘The Ethics of Sportfishing’

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a special edition of its monthly Scholars Series when it presents, “Fishing Is(n’t) Murder: The Ethics of Sportfishing,” on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Perry Hall.

The presenter is Dr. Gene Helfman, professor emeritus, the Odom School of Ecology, University of Georgia. Helfman has conducted research on fish conservation, including the effects of land use on fish, invasive species, behavioral and ecological interactions and their respective impact on fish conservation.of right and wrong.

Gene Helfman

Helfman will be engaging the audience in a science-based exploration of the ethical arguments, both pros and cons, of sport and other kinds of fishing. He has found that, despite reluctance, individuals involved in sport fishing are sometimes challenged with ethical questions regarding the moral constructs of right and wrong. He will include within his discussion whether or not fish feel pain and how that issue influences personal decisions about sport fishing.

“A good rule of angling philosophy is not to interfere with any fisherman’s ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated,” said Helfman, quoting noted author Zane Grey from his 1919 work, “Tales of Fishes.”

The UWFox Scholars Series is free and open to the public with unreserved seating. For more information, contact Dave Hager, director of University Relations, 920-832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

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