David Allan Overfishing

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In comparison of David Allan’s masterfully sculpted Overfishing of Inland Waters to Myers’ vastly informative Rapid Worldwide Depletion of Predatory Fish Communities, the two contrasting writing styles embodied in the journal entries are blazingly evident. While each article shares the same postulation of mankind milking our oceans dry, the similarities stop there. One presents itself in circuitous manner and the other undeviating, not slowed by the baggage of excess verbiage. Regardless of the authors’ approach, each article contains largely similar evidence. The importance lies within the information: not presentation. Exploring David Allan and his colleagues’ scintillating article “Overfishing of Inland Waters” (“Overfishing”) enriches …show more content…

The article states, “…there is ample evidence that overfishing is a significant factor in the decline of numerous species and fisheries…” (Allan et al. 1045). This statement alone summarizes the article accurately and illuminates the major problem addressed in the scholarly journal. While relaying an indistinguishable message, an article by Myers and Worm finds a different way of relaying information. Myers’ and Worm’s article “Rapid Worldwide Depletion of Predatory Fish Communities” (“Rapid Depletion”) focuses on the same pressing matter of overfishing, but their article gravitates more towards statistics and figures. For example, Myers’ article states that a suggested 90% of large predatory fish are no longer present in our oceans. Myers uses blunt facts to reveal the severity of overfishing to readers. Studies have concluded that for a given area of ocean opened up to commercial fishing, an 80% decrease in target species may be found in as little as 15 years. With numbers like this, it is no surprise that our oceans are in such a crippled state. Harmful methods of catching species …show more content…

Bycatch is defined by Webster’s dictionary as: “the unwanted fish and other marine creatures caught during commercial fishing for a different species”. Bycatch is one of the most threatening facets of overfishing. It is responsible for removing vast numbers of aquatic life from the ocean, aside from the target species. Another stimulating characteristic found in Myers’ “Rapid Depletion” that is not present in Allan’s “Overfishing” is a solution to current crisis we face. While Allan’s article does a sound job of relaying the message of how important the issue itself is, Myers’ entry offers a suggestion on how to combat it. Specifically, in Myers’ “Rapid Depletion”, he states that there are several ways to successfully combat overfishing: “more efficiently catch target species and reduce bycatch, elimination of taking immature fish before they have time to successfully breed, and of course, momentarily decrease global catch limits” (Myers 281-282). Both articles contain relevant information and utilize visualizations, however the graphs and charts found in “Rapid Depletion” are clearly more advanced and target

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