Overfishing Is A Global Issue

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Overfishing began in the early 1800’s when it was discovered that whale blubber could be utilized for oil lamps. Overfishing is when fish are taken from the ocean at a rate that is too fast for them to adequately repopulate. In contrast to every damaging anthropogenic activity, overfishing has taken the biggest toll on the marine ecosystems and has led many fish species to reduce rapidly and others to become extinct. In order to stop this before it is too late, we must enforce sustainable methods, and eliminate the use of these extremely damaging procedures. Overfishing is a global issue, that has resulted in economic loss, marine life disruption and decreased food security, by supporting sustainable methods and campaigning to ban our…show more content…
Bycatch is all of the extra items the net catches outside of the targeted species. Practices like trawling, could lead our marine ecosystems to suddenly collapse, leading our already severe problem to spiral out of control. This practice is not the only method that is currently being used that is resulting in terrible consequences. Furthermore, fish are not the only ones affected by overfishing. Many of the human population rely heavily on fish species as a viable food source. If it were to suddenly and entirely disappear we would notice. “Every year, 77.9 million metric tons (170 billion lbs.) of wild fish and shellfish are harvested from the oceans “ (Palliser). Plus, this high demand for fish has led fisheries to fish down the web. This means that as fish species have become depleted or extinct, fisheries will continue to search and catch deeper and deeper into the ocean. This affects the marine biodiversity and also effects the value of marine animals. The majority of fisheries around the world are pushed to their limits. Fishermen are aware of the critical need for safeguarding fish populations and the marine environment. However, illegal and pirate fishing are still in practice and regulations continue to be ignored. “Worldwide illegal and unreported fishing losses are estimated between 11 and 26 million tons, or one-fifth of the total global fisheries
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