Overfishing is a growing concern all
around the world. The definition of overfishing is the depleting of fish stock by excessive fishing. My goal is to stop overfishing in the ocean. Fish are very important and we need to be sure that fish species are flourishing for future generations. Overfishing really needs to be stopped because 35% of the world’s population gets most of their protein from ocean animals; the world’s ocean is the biggest source of food for the whole planet. The continuing of overfishing will just make the ocean’s ecosystem completely collapse, which would have detrimental impacts on fish population.

The most recent figures indicate that over 85% of the world’s fish stocks are now fished up to full capacity. This means that the oceans are increasingly being over fished. This overfishing must be put to a stop, as many people rely on fish as their main food intake and with the fish stocks going to new lows people are being forced to find different sources of food. In addition overfishing has huge impacts on the oceans ecosystem. Overfishing can wreak havoc and destroy the environment and marine ecology and completely disrupt the food chain. For example, herring is a vital prey species for the cod, and it has been overfished leaving the cod to search for new prey.  

Overfishing must be stopped as fish is the primary source of protein for many people around the world. Fish stocks have dropped considerably and fish could soon be out of stock. The practice of overfishing which has become a worldwide problem has depleted numbers in some areas of the world to a critical level. A study of catch data published in 2006 in the journal Science grimly predicted that if fishing rates continue apace, all the world's fisheries will have collapsed by the year 2048. This is a shocking possibility because so many people in the world rely on fish as their main source of protein and for some even their livelihood.  This could likely result in hunger, ill health and a struggle for economic survival for many in the industry. If all this overfishing continues the oceans ecosystem will completely collapse.

Overfishing has detrimental impacts on the ocean. This in turn has impacts on the rest of the marine ecosystem, such as the increased growth of algae and threats to coral reef health. Overfishing is also closely tied to bycatch, another serious marine threat that causes the needless loss of billions of fish, along with marine turtles and cetaceans. If overfishing continues the oceans ecosystem will completely collapse which would greatly impact the amount of fish in the ocean

More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. Several important commercial fish populations (such as Atlantic Bluefin tuna) have declined to the point where their survival as a species is threatened. Because sharks are at the top of the food chain, a decline in their numbers has devastating consequences on marine ecosystems. Overfishing impacts not just the particular species that is exploited, but also damages other species of fish and disrupts local ecosystems.

In conclusion, overfishing clearly has to be put to a stop. In many places around the world people are setting up marine reserves. These reserves are areas where no fishing is permitted for a number of years. This allows adult fish and other creatures to reproduce in greater numbers. Small fish grow to adulthood and become bigger fish, bigger fish and other animals spill over into the ocean around the reserve where catching them is permitted. Marine reserves are big projects that yield impressive results for fisheries. If there were more marine reserves around the world, fish would have a chance to reproduce and the fish stocks would flourish once again.

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