What is Overfishing?

Pollution isn’t the only problem disturbing ecosystems. The threat of overfishing has escalated to the point of becoming a serious problem. Since the mid 20th century, money-hungry fishing industries have used any methods necessary to bring in the biggest haul, and it’s showing.

The large amount of fish being taken from the oceans are having an impact. A recent study found that over half of the oceans’ population has disappeared in the past 45 years. Some of that horrific decrease is also due to habitat loss and environmental changes, but fishing has definitely played a role.

-Mary Beth Griggs

Clearly, overfishing is a serious problem. But what can we do about it? Obviously, stop eating fish that isn’t sustainably sourced for a start! If you want to change things even further, contact a government official to get things moving on a larger scale. Challenge restaurants to purchase their seafood from a sustainable fishery, or start a fundraiser to donate towards the cause. Research what you can do in your area, and you might be surprised that one person can make a big difference!

For a quick explanation of how overfishing works, watch the video below:



My sources:

Griggs, Mary Beth. “We’re Catching Millions Of Tons More Fish Each Year Than We Report.” Popular Science, 20 Jan. 2016, http://www.popsci.com/were-catching-way-more-fish-than-we-think.

“Overfishing.” National Geographic, 27 Apr. 2010, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/critical-issues-overfishing/.

Chesley, Paul. “Ocean Habitats and Information.” Information and Facts | National Geographic, National Geographic , 6 Dec. 2017, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/ocean/.

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