Overfishing Essay

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Sage Teachout
Mrs. Hildebrand
English 101
October 16, 2017

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Overfishing- to deplete the stock of fish in a body of water by too much fishing. Overfishing can be defined in many way, all of them leading to the same conclusion: Catching too many fish is bad for the environment. Overfishing is an unsustainable use of the oceans. Overfishing occurs because fish are captured at a faster rate than they can reproduce. Also advances in fishing technology and an increased demand for fish has led to overfishing, causing several marine species to become extinct. Despite counter arguments, overfishing is harmful and needs to be stopped because we are depleting our fishing industry, impacting the food web, and creating economical dangers. Without creating stricter regulations, the fishing industry will continue to diminish. Due to advances in technology, fishermen can access places that have never been fished. At first, it was the creation of the simple trawler boat which had a minimal impact on our environment. It was the creation of the factory fishing vessels that have taken over and led to mass amounts of overfishing. These boats use down scan sonar, side imaging, and GPS giving them an unfair advantage over the fish they are after. Using nets that are 50 meters wide and able to hold a weight greater than two medium sized planes, the boats trawl depths of up to 170 km deep. On board, the ships are processing plants. These plants process, package, and serve as
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