It is alarming to know that in just 55

years, humans have managed to wipe out 90 percent of the ocean’s top predators. These are animals like sharks, Bluefin tuna, swordfish, marlin, and king mackerel. Overfishing is what occurs when fish stocks are reduced to below acceptable levels. This practice may occur in any size body of water including ponds, rivers, lakes or oceans, and can result in resource depletion and reduced growth rates within normally populated eco-systems.

Overfishing is an illegal act around the globe and continues to be a growing issue for many commercial fisheries in countries such as China, Peru and Chile. As much as 85% of the world's fisheries may be over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or in recovery from exploitation. Additonally, According to a 2008 UN report, the world's fishing fleets are losing US$50 billion each year through depleted stocks and poor fisheries management. Both of these facts are alarmingly serious and need to be addressed by all nations around the world.

Fish are an important part of the ocean eco-system and if one species is overfished, other species are affected such as blue fin and yellow fin tuna. If overfishing continues at the rate it currently occurs we will cause a catastrophic effect on marine systems by causing many breeds of fish to become extinct. By the mid-1900s, Atlantic cod, herring, and California sardines were harvested to the brink of extinction. This proves that if we continue the way we do there will be no fish left in the future.

Some fish species are in danger of extinction. Due to mass overfishing on super trawlers around the world, it is a given that over time what we harvest will no longer reproduce quickly enough to repopulate the waters we repetitively choose to farm from. As stated by marine biologist, Sylvia Earle, “by the end of the 20th century, up to 90 percent of the sharks, tuna, swordfish, marlins, groupers, turtles, whales, and many other large creatures that prospered in the Gulf for millions of years had been depleted by overfishing”. This just emphasises the fact that what the super trawlers are doing off the shores of many countries needs to stop as it is a crime.

Above all else, what most people seem to forget is that this practice is actually illegal and it is killing our fish at extreme levels. The average super trawler (a.k.a dragger) is roughly 140m long and 20-30m wide. These enormous vessels contain many large nets that are big enough to hold 13 jumbo jets. This is large enough to take 250 tonnes of seafood from our oceans every day. From 1989, it is estimated that about 90 million metric tons of catch have been taken from the ocean, these numbers are alarmingly scary.

If overfishing is not addressed in a more urgent way, our fish stocks will deplete dramatically; our ocean ecosystem will suffer and some species could become extinct. If we were to lose our fish that we rely on so much by overfishing, then how would we feel? It's become a case of not knowing what you've got until it's gone. So many species of fish are at danger of extinction so if we choose to put a stop to this now we will have a chance at saving whatever else is left in our seas. If people choose to support my campaign a change will be made and we will be restoring life back into global marine ecosystems

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