Overfishing

By: Will Edson, Julian Clark, Ben Lee and Jonathan Zhou

What Is Overfishing

Overfishing is us fishing so much that the fish in the ocean are going extinct. Already, 90% of the oceans' fish are gone due to overfishing. Overfishing is a huge problem for us and the fish, because the health of the world’s oceans are directly linked to our health and well-being. Also, a huge part of the world depends on seafood for protein, but we are taking ocean resources faster than they can be replenished. These are just the basic problems of our oceans, but even though these are occurring all over, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to fix them.

Effects and importace To The Envirnment

Here are some things that happen in our ocean everywhere from daily to over several years, that you might have not known about: When fishers go trawling, about 90% of the fish that are caught are thrown back overboard because they aren’t needed; these fish are known as bycatch (see example of bycatch below). 50% of consumed fish are farmed today, but what we don't know is that 5 kilograms of captured wild fish are needed to make 1 kilogram farmed fish. Longline fishers deploy about 1.4 billion hooks a year. At the rate we are taking fish, all of the fish in our oceans could be extinct as early as 2048. These are just a few of the many bad things that happen in our ocean, but there is still room to fix this.

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What We Can Do To Change It

This issue is a global issue but even you can make an impact on this disaster. For starters, be informed. Know what is going on and what might happen. Read up on the issues. Next, you should know what you eat. Try to eat the fish with the lowest impact on the environment. You can find helpful sites on the internet that can tell you those types of fish. The most important thing is to spread the word though. You alone can make a small impact but if you tell others about this, together, y'all can make a big impact.