Water Resource Plan

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Water Resource Plan Student Name SCI/275 DATE INSTRUCTOR Water Resource Plan Several government-funded studies have concluded that many of the large ocean-dwelling fish, such as swordfish and tuna, are nearing extinction. It is claimed that the ocean is not as resilient as was once believed and that over-fishing may be causing the decline of fish. Doing nothing is not a viable option to conclude this matter. As a retired fisherman, I have a respect for fishing and the ocean that was taught to me by my father and his father before me. Almost 38 million men and women have made this profession their livelihood and the income it produces not only supports their families but our US economy as well. We want to stay in business and we want fishing to be a renewable resource for generations to come so finding a balance between fishing and protecting the ocean to sufficiently re-populate is in the benefit of everyone. I was concerned for the recent newscast I viewed in regards to declining fish stock in our oceans and have identified a plan that I believe will be beneficial for both fishermen and environmentalists alike: The Problem: According to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the world annual fish harvest increased substantially, from 19 million tons in 1950 to a high of nearly 95 million tons in 2000, and 91 million tons in 2007, the latest year for which data are available (Berg, Hager & Hassenzahl, 2011). Since the ocean does not belong to any one country, resources in the ocean are not being monitored and have suffered overuse from fishing. Large predatory fish, have been harvested to the point that their numbers are severely depleted. Scientists have found that dramatically depleted fish populations recover quite slowly. According to the FAO, at least 75 percent of the world's fish stocks are considered fully exploited,

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