The US Fishing Industry

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In 1988 50,000 people were commercial fishing, but in 2002 there was only 27,000 still in the fishing industry. Commercial fishing can affect the economy or be good for the economy of an area. With the commercial fishing industry brings in millions of dollars by the amount of fish that is coming in from the fisherman who are out fishing to make money. Fishing has a big effect on the environment were the fishing is happening. Commercial fishing brings in millions of fish that are worth billions in dollars every year. But there is a downside to fishing.

The cost to go fishing commercially comes in so many different ways. "One possibility is an expanded version of the $1,500 toll that Canada briefly imposed last year on U.S. fishing boats
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At points you can only keep so many fish or even one kind of fish. With commercial fishing each boat/person is allowed a number of fish or it can be pounds. "The breaking point for Canada came Tobin said last week, when Alaska would not agree to reduce its catch of chinook salmon below 230,000 fish." (The West Coast War) Canada wanted Alaska to lower the amount of chinook salmon caught by fisherman in the river that goes into Canada from Alaska. They wanted it because more fish would be coming into Canada to help with the next chinook salmon run. Places put laws of fish that will help the fish population or just help stocks to come back from being over fished in years past. The number of fish became so few that Canada enacted a moratorium on cod fishing to allow stocks to recover. (Environmental Consequences) There was less and less cod being caught because of being overfished so Canada put laws in them to help the population to come back. The United states has also placed severe restriction on the industry, cutting back the amount of time that people can fish and reducing to total amount of cod that could be caught. (Environmental Consequences) With cutting the time and the amount of fish that people can caught that gives the fish time to recover from being overfished. Some places allow fishermen to use serein type of fishing. "Longline fishing, this practice is often employed in the open ocean and consists of miles of line off of thousands of bated hooks are attached and a single long line can have more than 2,500 hooks." (Environmental Consequences) The fisherman has more of a chance to get something. Dredging is a practice commonly used to harvest clams and employs a large metal scoop that drags along the seafloor to pick them up. (Environmental Consequences) Can get clams a lot faster and sooner then having a person go down and try to dig them up. Seafloor trawling, in which equipment is pulled across
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