Impact of Overfishing

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The Impact of Overfishing Overfishing has become an enormous problem all over the world. The impact of the increasing demand for fish and the advanced techniques made in the area of commercial fishing has caused some species of fish to be virtually extinct. In fact, some species like the giant bluefin tuna widely used by Japanese chefs and served in many restaurants, are now just few years away from extinction. Human demand for fish has increased enormously over the last several years, particularly since the 1950’s. This is widely due to the reported health benefits of making fish a regular part of our diet. In fact, fish is the main source of protein for many people worldwide. This increased popularity has caused more business to…show more content…
This program allows fishermen to be granted a percentage share of their total allowable catch. They can also be granted exclusive access to particular fishing zones, also known as territorial use rights for fishing. As long as fishermen do not exceed their allowable catch, they have greater flexibility to fish when the weather the most cooperative and the market conditions are best. Each fisherman’s shares grow in value as the overall fishery improves and population of larger fish increase. This gives the fishermen personal incentive to cooperate in resource management because they stand to profit personally from the venture. In fact, in 2007, the Catch Share program was put into effect in the Gulf of Mexico the help mitigate the decline in the red snapper population. Fishermen there earned 25 percent more for their fish and wasteful catches were cut by 70 percent. And, for the first time since 1990, the banks were open for fishing all year round. While these numbers are encouraging, environmentalist and the fishing industry have different ideas and techniques that they believe will solve the problem to benefit all. However, all agree that there should be better resource management to avoid the most devastating effects that come from overfishing. Regardless of which measure is taken, it is clear that measures need to be taken now in order to preserve the ocean’s delicate
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