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Michael Cooprider Mr. Burgett Marine Science April 25, 2016 8.09 Global Fisheries Part 1: Why is the National Marine Fisheries Service an important agency? What is its role? The National Marine Fisheries Service is an important agency because it protects many marine organisms besides fish. The National Marine Fisheries Service also restores habitats. Furthermore, the NMFS also promotes oceanographic and marine research, food product development, and fishery development. Part 2: Consider each of the four methods of commercial fishing. Explain in your own words which method you think is the most destructive and why. Stern trawling seems to me to be the most destructive commercial fishing method out of the four choices. This is because trawl nets can be dragged across the ocean floor for long periods of time. The large nets are weighted down by bobbins. Consequently, massive ocean floor destruction occurs. Coral reefs, for instance, are victim to trawl nets. Thus, the stern trawling
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