Overfishing

by Rainertaycho on April 20, 2018 - 12:05am

According to the article "Are current fishing regulations misguided?" by John Matson, fishes all over the world continue to decline while certain species of fishes are being driven to endangerment at an alarming rate. Governments all over the world has implemented different kinds of regulations such as selective fishing in order to reduce the likelihood of an endangered species being caught and sold. What the government did not account for are the unintended consequences such as unintentionally shifting the ecosystem out of balance. Fisheries were presented an alternative approach to selective fishing which is 'balanced exploitation'. Using this method, less selective practices would remove a huge chunk of the ecosystem without endangring any species. On the other hand, the downside to this approach is that more 'useless' species of fishes will be caught such as the bycatch. which are normally tossed back into the ocean. A solution presented to this dillema is that uses should be developed for these 'less desirable' fishes. A few of the uses presented were these fishes being used for fish oil or livestock feed. Although this alternative type of fishing is not an all cure as there are some problems where as some ecosystems are so far out of balance that selectivity is the only way to preserve the species. 

 

In my opinion, we should start fishing less and less in order to allow the ecosystem to recover once it does, the newer generation will at least have plenty of fish to catch. Haste is waste guys. 

Comments

I chose this summary because I completely agree with you. Overfishing is an international problem, and our oceans are under pressure because they meet the needs of billions of people around the world. I strongly believe that humans should start fishing less. As a society, I think that we don’t understand (or we underestimate) how overfishing has serious consequences on the health of the oceans as a whole. Not to mention, it affects the balance of life in oceans, and this practice is pushing many fish stocks to the point of global collapse. However, it is never too late to save our oceans. We can do so by creating more marine protected areas in order to allow fishes to recover. Also, trawling must be banned because it results in massive dead fish and wasteful bycatch. Moreover, the best way to save our oceans is to educate people and spread the word.

I chose this summary because I believe we need to preserve our different species of fish instead of fishing them until they disappear completely. I also think we do not realise how much of a change we are causing to ecosystems by deciding which fish we take and which fish we leave there. We obviously need to be educated more on this subject because many of us are ignorant to what problems we are causing in our oceans. I find this summary interesting because it outlines the key points of this article to make them clear and gives a brief explanation of what is said. I also agree that we should fish less to let ecosystems come back to what they once were.