Preserving Bio Diversity Among Fish Populations

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Restoring Bio-Diversity Amongst Fish Populations: An Analysis of Visual Rhetoric Throughout the planet the effects of over fishing are being experienced daily. In fact, 24% of the world’s fish species are overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion (World Wildlfe Fund). Defined, overfishing is the process of catching fish in massive quantities, with the possibility of causing extinction among a species of fish. While it is understood that catching more fish now will lead to a drastic decline of fish populace in the future, fishing is a very profitable occupation. In 2008 1.27 billion pounds of shellfish and finfish were accumulated from the Gulf of Mexico. Commercial fishermen earned $659 million in total income for 2008…show more content…
Initially, image (A), depicts a Tuna swimming along-side several others in a school of fish. The main tuna fish is wearing a mask of a panda face. Customizing the image in such a way indicates it was done in order to evoke emotion from the viewer by drawing on sympathy. A panda mask was used to demonstrate a defined line separating the views people have on fish and that towards pandas. The image suggest people are more likely to show support to an animal generally viewed as “cute”, while fish don’t seem to carry the same reputation. The mask even has a smile on it, but the fish are gloomy as if they are awaiting their death. A sentence located at the bottom right corner of the image “Would you care more if I was a panda?” is incorporated into the piece to aid in the delivery of the message, fish should be viewed as an important asset and immediate action is required to save their lives. To continue, image (A) has several rhetorical appeals at work, including the use of the panda mask, which appeals to pathos as it evokes pity and sadness. Even when the panda face is smiling, the fish in the background show expression of sadness. Additionally, the image’s published date, 2011, correlates with the relevance of the work because many species of fish face extinction everyday due to over fishing. There is no better time than now to make a difference in the fishing practices,
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