The Consequences of Overfishing

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The Consequences of Overfishing Overfishing has been identified across the world as a prominent environmental issue. Fish and other marine animals, such as sharks, sea turtles and dolphin, are retrieved from the oceans through indiscriminate fishing practices at a rate that cannot be sustained by natural reproduction (Jackson, 2001). Systematic overfishing with bottom trawling, dredges, and drift nets depletes the ocean of innumerable species at an alarming rate and alters the ecological balance in marine environments. The actions of shortsighted commercial fishermen have brought tremendous adverse environmental and economic consequences upon the entire world. The continuation of unrestricted fishing will worsen world hunger among impoverished coastal communities, many of whom depend on the abundance of fish to feed themselves and their families, and result in ultimate environmental chaos and the extinction of thousands of In recent years, the demand for fish, a healthy food rich in omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, has sky-rocketed. This is in part due to increasing demand for healthier sources of protein in wealthier nations. In fact, the amount of fish in the oceans has significantly decreased. The New York Times reports that, “according to commission figures this year, 63 percent of stocks in the Europe’s Atlantic water are overfished” and “83 percent of its Mediterranean stocks” and some “2/3 of its Baltic stocks” (Jolly, 2011). In the more recent years, fishermen have discovered ways of fishing that give the fish no chance of survival. Computer monitors seek out the location of schools of fish, giving the fish no place to hide. Huge nets called dredges are lowered into the water and then “drag[ged] across large areas of seafloor to catch fish that live on or near the ocean floor” (Oceana, 2010). By destroying

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