Preventing Commercial Fishing in Canada
by C.Chute on November 6, 2015 - 11:23pm
In the article “Canada agrees to work to prevent fishing in High Arctic” by The Canadian Press, five of the artic nations have agreed that all future commercial fishing in the central part of the Artic Ocean needs to temporarily stop. The five nations included Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway, who all came to the same conclusion that a block on all commercial fishing should be put forth, which would give scientists enough time to complete their research. Unfortunately, when the fishing ban was proposed, only three of the nations supported it. This is not a total lose in the cause as the five nations all recognize what needs to be done and agreed that there should be a temporary measurements placed on commercial fishing. Another agreement that came up during their meeting was the need to get other countries involved in the plan, and to have all countries agree with the measurements applied on the central Artic Ocean.
I think it’s great that some countries have come to the conclusion that there needs to be something done to preserve the fish population. As we’ve learned in class, a large portion of the fish population has been over exploited and commercial fishing has been a main factor to that. By prohibiting the commercial fishing in one area, it’ll give some time for the population to straighten itself up and get back its bearings. In comparison to the whole planet, marking off one area of the ocean doesn’t seem like much, but this is a step forward in getting more people aware of what we’re doing and to hopefully have other countries take the same measures. This is an important issue, not only for our needs, but the needs of creatures in the oceans. If we continue to over-exploit, we’ll not only be losing fish as a food source for ourselves, but also a food source for the other animals in the ocean. Hopefully, the research will show positive results and it’ll be enough conviction for other countries to mark off certain areas in the ocean of commercial fishing.