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Unformatted text preview: Running head: OVER FISHING EPIDEMIC AND A SOLUTION 1 Over Fishing Epidemic and a Solution Dustin Robison University of Phoenix Over Fishing Epidemic and a Solution The overfishing epidemic, that is effecting todays oceans, is a problem that has caused certain species to become depleted, to the brink of extinction. Overfishing is an issue that results directly from supply and demand. As the demand for certain species of fish grows, the need to cater to those demands, is a reason fishers have overfished the species that are in the highest demand. Tuna can bring in, fishers, anywhere from 15-20 dollars per pound. Other species also bring a high reward for large catches. Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine species are caught at a rate faster than they can reproduce. Marine life is not any different from any other species on the earth. The list of ocean species that are considered overfished, according to FishOnline.org, is approximately sixty-nine different species. These species include eel, marlin, lobster, salmon, sea bass, snapper, sturgeon, tuna, and many more (Fish to avoid, 2009). Marine life, have the same potential to go extinct as any land species. The Young People Trust for the Environment reported that, With the introduction of the new factory boats, there was a 7% growth in catches every year during the 1950s and 60s, but since then there has been little increase in catch size, and at least...
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