He Said, She Said: Gender and Angling Specialization, Motivations, Ethics, and Behaviors

Schroeder, S, Fulton, D, Currie, T and Goeman
Human Dimensions of Wildlife

This article compares male and female anglers' motivations and ethics for recreational fishing. Results are derived from a 2000–2001 survey of Minnesota anglers. Men reported higher involvement in fishing than women did. Women rated motivations related to catching fish for food higher than men did. Men rated developing skills and catching trophy fish higher than women did. Men agreed more with ethics related to catch-and-release fishing. Opinions about regulations and actual fishing behavior reflected each gender's motivations and ethics. Men were more supportive of regulationslike lower bag limits, fees for catching more fish, and catch-and-release fishing. Women more frequently kept all the legal fish that they caught and kept larger fish over smaller fish. Men more frequently released all the fish that they caught and kept smaller fish over larger fish. These findings can help managers understand gender differences in recreational fishing.


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