Morality and ethics Morality refers to the social norms and values that guide both individuals and their interaction with their fellow human beings and communities, and with their environment.
An ethical analysis can play an important part in identifying human and nonhuman interests and the value of the ecosystem as a whole. Ethicists today, however, use the terms interchangeably. This paper does not pretend to provide definitions for complex terms such as morality and ethics.
Basic human interests A major aspect of an ethical analysis of fisheries must be to clarify the human interests and social benefits that can be considered necessary conditions for leading a decent human life.
In the context of fisheries, this principle relates, for example, to fishers' self-determination, access to fishing resources and the right to food.
It also asks how these values and interests may be threatened or undermined and how they may be furthered or protected. These moral factors are usually interwoven with religious practices and social power structures.
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Cultural diversity, pluralism and tolerance, which relates to the need to take different value systems into account within the limits of other moral principles.