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no squawfish

Months ago on the NANFA list we discussed the name "squawfish" 
because there was serious professional discussion about renaming the 
fish the "bigmouth minnow".  I just found out the name squawfish has 
officially been replaced by "pike minnow".  So now it's the Colorado 
pike minnow, Sacramento pike minnow, etc.

Apparently the term "squaw" is a derogatory term for women and is 
rightly offensive to American Indians.  The fish may have gotten that 
name because there were fish the men caught (like salmon in the 
Pacific NW, where Ptychochielus oregonensis is native) and fish the 
women caught.  Apparently women caught fewer salmon and more 
Ptychocheilus.  When early settlers saw this they labeled the fish 

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

"The wildlife of today is not ours to dispose 
of as we please.  We have it in trust, and must 
account for it to those who come after". 

King George VI