Fish Stock Sci/275 Essay

850 words - 4 pages

Fish Stock
Mike Grogan
SCI/275
4/10/10

The video tells the beliefs of 2 different individuals on two different sides of an argument. The problem is that the populations of fish are declining in the ocean. One viewpoint is the fact that the overfishing of large fish in the ocean has caused a massive decline in their numbers. The other viewpoint is that something else is causing the declining numbers not the fishing. The first viewpoint is that of a oceanographer and the second is a commercial fisherman.
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The way commercial fishing operates today is comparable to the strip-mining of the earth and clear-cutting of forests. Many parts of the ocean floor are being turned into "marine deserts" as huge, unselective nets drag the bottoms scooping up everything in their paths(Hall 2010). Trawling causes damage to every part of the Eco-system not just to the fish population it is a fact that 20% of the fish caught are thrown back dead or injured because they are the wrong type or wrong size(Hall 2010). Trawlers also dump an estimated 450,000 plastic containers, 52 million pounds of plastic packaging material and 298 million pounds of plastic fishing net into the sea each year. Plastic garbage is known to kill as many as a million sea creatures a year.
The loss of revenue is drastic I found a website that talks about a solution that is trying to be implemented to help the blue fin tuna. That is to ban the international trade of the tuna in combination with restriction of intake for the year from 13, 500 metric tons to 8,000 metric tons. The ban on trade would kill the hopes of American fisherman to get $7-$11 dollars a pound from Japan during peak season to $2-$3 dollars from the US(Fraser 2010). That is a big hit. That is unless the environmentalists start a campaign to keep bluefin off American menus like they did in the '90s with the "Give Swordfish a Break" campaign.
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