essay 4 - bycatch

essay 4 - bycatch - 1 NRCC 150 April 3, 2008 Bycatch...

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1 NRCC 150 April 3, 2008 Bycatch Bycatch is one of our ocean’s largest problems today. Bycatch is allowing unnecessary marine animals to die and suffer because of fisherman unable to catch strictly the one species it is trying to catch. If this continues to happen at a large rate, overfishing can occur which can cause to hurt the underwater ecosystem and potentially stop fish from breeding at a healthy level. Bycatch is not helping our oceans and can lead to marine animals’ endangerment or even extinction. Overfishing can have many hazardous consequences, not only to the environment, but also to the people who depend on the stock for economic purposes. Fishonline.org defines overfishing as, “fishing with a sufficiently high intensity to reduce the breeding stock levels to such an extent that they will no longer support a sufficient quantity of fish for sport or commercial harvest (Fishonline.org 2008).” The signs of overfishing happen when people catch too many fish in an ecosystem causing fish to have not enough of their population in order to continue breeding at a healthy level. Fishing communities that depend on the daily catch in order to continue making money can be effected by overfishing by not making enough of a catch to support the business (Overfishing – A global disaster 2007). The fishing industry responds to these signs of overfishing by doing different things. The
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