Overfishing: A Serious Issue
by audreyannlemieux on April 27, 2018 - 1:00pm
In this article, “Getting Serious about Overfishing” by the Economist, it is implied that our oceans are in more trouble than they have ever been. According to the article, we consume the most fish we have ever consumed. It is shown that in a study conducted in 2013, 32% of the world’s fish stocks were being exploited beyond their sustainable limit which is a lot and this is an increase of 10% since the 1970s. Although we overfish, other problems which affect the oceans are pollution and fertilizer run-off which causes big damage to the fish since it ruins their ecosystems. At this time the article mentions there is about five trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans and about 8 million are added ever year to this already extremely large amount. The increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has also made it hard for the nutrients from the bottom of the ocean to rise and feed fish as well as plankton. It is also said that when the oceans absorb all of this carbon dioxide it increases its acidity which affects coral reefs as well as organisms who have shells since the acidity increases the chances of their shells dissolving. The article stresses that human impacts need to be reined in in order for our oceans to survive on for us to continue to benefit from its resources. It is also said that we would need to put more restrictions on fisheries and manage them better.
I personally find that our overfishing is become more and more of a problem and that our pollution is not helping any of it get better. I totally agree with the fact that we need to be careful with our actions and realize what impacts they have on our resources. Fisheries are often too free to do what they want and have no limits or consequences for their actions. In the long run if we do not take action soon more species are going to go instinct and our oceans will probably not ever be like they used to be. I believe a solution would be to put more restrictions on fisheries and watch what products are used to avoid too much fertilizer run-off and also do everything in our power to reduce the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.