One Solution to Global Overfishing Analysis

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The first thing that comes to one's mind when fish is mentioned is usually, smelly, nasty, or to some, delicious. In a nutritional aspect, fish is a top priority in a diet because of the protein that it has. Many people fish for food, or just for leisure. Overfishing mainly started in the 19th century, when humans started looking for blubber for oil lamps, which they used for light during the night. When humans started overfishing for the whale blubber it severely reduced and damaged the whole population of the sea life. In the fish population, many fish such as the Atlantic cod and herring were overfished to the point where they almost went extinct by the mid 1900’s. The depletion of the fish population disrupted the aquatic food…show more content…
There have been many incidents where innocent lifeguards and individuals have been attacked by sharks and other dangerous fish while spending time in waters. The overfishing of the shark's prey has causes this. This is a very dangerous issue as it may take many lives away for nothing.

Another major cause is the subsides provided to fishermen from the government. Despite the depleted state of the oceans, many governments provide major subsidies to their fishing sectors. According to The Webster Merriam Dictionary, a subsidy is money that is paid usually by a government to keep the price of a product or service low or to help a business or organization to continue to function. Subsidies not only distort markets and support uneconomic activities, but also are a major incentive to overfishing and other destructive fishing practices. These large subsidies have helped produce a worldwide fishing fleet that is up to 250 percent larger than what is needed to fish at sustainable levels (Fisheries Subsidies, Overcapacity and Overfishing, 2008). Some subsidies support beneficial programs, such as management and research for overfishing. However, the majority of subsidies influence the increase and intensity of overfishing. These subsidies include those that reduce costs or enhance revenues and promote overcapacity, such as support for boat construction and modernization, fuel, equipment, and other operating costs (EcoWatch, 2011). Another
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