Over-Fishing Essay by serendipity

Examines the extinction of marine life due to over-fishing.
# 50017 | 1,475 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2004 in Biology (Ecology) , Environmental Studies (General)

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Over the centuries, man has made use of lakes and oceans to provide nourishment, but recently, that use has turned to abuse as more and more marine species face extinction due to our over-use of the ocean resources. This paper takes an example the grey nurse shark, which faces extinction within 7 years due to the lucrative fin market. Other issues connected to over-fishing discussed in this paper include by-catch, the whaling industry, and the threat to coral reefs around the world. The paper examines ways of reducing the problem of over-fishing through public awareness and consumer pressure.

From the Paper:

"This particular issue is demonstrative of modern fishing practices. Along with causing the decline in fish populations, modern fishing techniques have also been altering the seas' ecosystems. Skimming large and medium-size fish off the top of oceanic food webs has left a disproportionate fraction of marine biomass at the lower end of the "pyramid of life" (Harder). Beyond skimming, by-catch species are also casualties of modern fishing practices, as we have already discussed."

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