Protect Our Oceans
Definitions and Characteristics of Overfishing
Overfishing-taking animals from the sea at a faster rate than they can naturally produce. Most incidents occur when people, commercial, and recreational finishers take in as much fish as possible thinking that the more fish they catch, the more profit they will make. The problem with this idea is that over 25% of fish caught are thrown back overboard either dead or severely injured and are unable to reproduce or even swim( this is known as by-catch.) Most fisheries are aware of their problem however, yet illegal fishing almost cancel out the attempt at saving our fish.Most fishermen target the larger fish or predators which obviously leads to the growth of the smaller species.(population) This natural imbalance can lead to the loss of underwater plants down the road and us having to work more for the same amount of food.
Sustainable fishing- The act of fishing only what we need. A fishing model that makes sure that we don’t endanger the population and the natural structures of the sea during the act of fishing.
Unsustainable fishing- The act of Overfishing which leads to the destruction of natural structures and population of the hunted fish. Is usually associated with different types of “trawling”.