Oceans and Fisheries

Japan to exceed bluefin tuna quota amid warnings of commercial extinction

This article, published in the Guardian, reports on the current state of the bluefin tuna commercial fishing industry in Japan.  The bluefin tuna population has been in rapid decline in recent years due to commercial overfishing and is now facing historic lows for the past 30 years.  In 2015, the Japanese government and other members of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission agreed to curtail catches of immature bluefin.  The main purpose of this news article is to draw media attention to the fact that Japanese fisheries have largely ignored the government’s attempts to curb

Solutions for Overfishing

Fisheries Today

Today, fishing has been such a large and growing industry where the request for seafood has been a lot higher than past decades. Due to the high demand for fish, the number of fisheries have naturally increased as well. As a result, overfishing the ocean has been a large issue where “more than 85% of the world’s fisheries have been pushed beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them” (“WWF Canada”).

Overfishing as the Issue

Are fishing subsidies good or bad?


The article written by Rashid Sumaila discusses why some subsidies are the major problem behind overfishing.

Subsidy: Form of financial aid to a an economic sector.