Fisheries are as essential to the African American/Black experience as they are to, Indigenous; Asian; European; Hispanic; Latin and other Americans. ‘We Are Not Adjacent to Nature We Are Part of It’ – will explore fisheries in the context of African American/Black experiences, worldviews, perspectives, relationships, and narratives of survival,  loving,  feeling, and seeing nature deeply.


  • Richard Schulterbrandt Gragg III, National Technical Association,
  • Ambrose Jearld Jr, NOAA, Retired and National Technical Association
  • Sheila Stiles, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration