This essay will be investigating the extent to which people must reduce overfishing in order to preserve animal populations. Overfishing can be defined as ‘the catching of too many fish resulting in the deterioration of marine biodiversity and food systems, as fish populations decline.’ This essay will overlay the perspectives of Hong Kong, the perspective of Japan, and finally the significance of overfishing on me and my family.
According to world wildlife organisation, overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. Gathering as many fish as possible may seem like a profitable practice, but overfishing has serious consequences. The results may not only affect the balance of life in the oceans, but also the social and economic well-being of the coastal communities who depend on fish for their way of life. According to the research world wildlife organisation, 1.6% of the world’s oceans have been declared as marine protected areas (MPAS), and 90% of existing MPAS are open to fishing.
Using the key ideas from Garret Hardin’s essay “The Tragedy of the Commons,” the depletion of commercial salmon fisheries must be examined. Ultimately, programs for habitat restoration
Climate change has been clearly shown to affect Pacific salmon, and it has been generally seen to diminish salmon populations. In the Pacific Northwest, numerous salmon populations have been labeled as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This is due to climate change warming the ocean, increasing sea levels, and changing flow patterns. It is predicted that salmon populations are only going to continue decreasing due to these changes in their environment. However, some researchers are arguing that Pacific salmon populations are actually going to show an increase in population size, and this is due to an increase in ocean temperatures causing a bottom-up effect that increases resources lower on the food chain, therefore benefitting salmon
So in 1976 we stopped foreign vessels, but what about our own vessels who is stopping the U.S. from hunting down the fish. “I am concerned about the air we breathe and the water we drink. If overfishing continues; many of these species will disappear off the face of the earth.” Wouldn’t it be sad if the great grandchildren from this generation had never seen a
The largemouth bass have the ability to hide from their prey and provide protection against their predators through the process of abundant vegetation. Their surroundings is usually made up of clears waters so that they can use their vision to identify their prey. The range size in most environments is usually no greater than three meters. (Hannon, 1996; Iguchi and Matsuura, 2004) The largemouth bass is dioeciously, meaning they have separate sexes in reproduction, male and female.
Duckweed will grow better and faster in water whose surface is not disturbed. Disturbances like boat traffic, flowing water or wind can decrease the growth of duckweed (Newman, 2013). However, growing in undisturbed water sometimes causes the duckweed to pile up in layers, and often the bottom layer will be cut off from sunlight and will die because they were unable to photosynthesise (Newman, 2013). A thick cover of duckweed also prevents sunlight from reaching other organisms in the water and stops the growth of algae, which decreases carbon dioxide production from algal respiration, which can decrease the pH levels of the water (Newman, 2013). Complete coverage of the water will result in oxygen depletions that will kill
This conclusion also leads to an upset in tourism and recreational activities. As suggested by the Third R&D Forum on high-density oil spills, "sunken heavy fuel oil may have significant impact on seabed resources and fishing and mariculture activities. " Oil soaked sands and water often result in restrictions from swimming and boating in an area, thus giving people concerns that their heath may be compromised, deterring people from vacationing. Therefore, even hotel and restaurant businesses who make their income from recreational activities and scenery in the coastal
The Biotope Aquarium Explained In a biotope aquarium, the aquarist attempt to simulate a natural habitat, assembling fish species, plants, water chemistry and decorations found in that specific ecosystem. A “true” biotope should be a mirror of a natural habitat. There are many good reasons for setting up an aquarium that simulates a natural habitat. Those of us who have done everything, bred everything and kept most fish might simply want a new challenge.
Sedimentation and pollution in the streams or rivers causes effecting the life duration and quality of fish and other species. Land degradation are also reducing the water holding capacity of soil on the contrary, increased by flooding and leaching of water and nutrient losses mainly as nitrate form. The other substantial change in land usage is the maintaining of sustainability. According to FAO statistics, 28% of the total earth surface have any limits on its use for agriculture while 28% is too dry, 23% has chemical imbalances, 10% is too wet, 6% is permanently frozen, and remaining 22% the soil is to shallow for use as arable land. Altgouhg there are some discussions about the renewable subject of soil today, generally if the soil formation rate exceed the degredation rate, soil is accepted as renewable, on the contrary the degredation surpasses the formation, soil is accepted as
Finally, changes in environmental conditions are also responsible for the collapse of the East Coast Fishery. Water temperatures have dropped and ocean salinity levels have changed, causing fish to change their migratory routes, and avoid areas that are changing. People have suggested that the increase in the seal population has reduced the amount of fish because greater quantities of seals eat greater quantities of fish. In conclusion, a number of theories such as, overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and changes in natural conditions explain why the East Coast Fishery has
The lecturer and the reading passage offer two theories to explain why the sea otter population is in rapid decline. The two theories are predation theory and pollution theory. The professor argues predation is the more likely cause than pollution because of the absence of dead sea otters washing up on shores. However, the reading passage attributes the decline of the sea otters population based on evidence of increased ocean contaminates leading to greater vulnerability to infections.
This can be a problem when there are fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, pet waste, oil, and other pollutants on the ground that can get washed into the storm drain. When these pollutants are on impervious surfaces that do not allow soil to soak and filter contaminants out, they go into storm drains. Pollutants in the Puget Sound can be harmful to marine life. According to King County, less than half of salmon and steelhead stocks in the Puget Sound are healthy (“What is Stormwater Runoff?”). Many people rely on fish in this area for food, business, and recreation.
The east side uses the river to move barges upstream. This has created a big controversy over what should be built on the river. The west wants to build damns to create reservoirs for the fish to live in, while the east want the river to be left alone so the barges can travel more easily on the river. The reservoirs that are created by putting damns on the river are also used as a water supply because the river flows through a semi-arid climate.