Declining Fish Stock

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Declining Fish Stock
Whitney Deisher
August 29, 2010
Michael Hammond-Todd
SCI/275

The video Declining Fish Stock VLR is about the declining numbers of fish stock that is available in the oceans. There is a debate between the commercial fisheries and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography about the numbers of big fish in the ocean. A commercial fisherman Pete Dupuis feels that the ocean is big and we will never run out of big fish, Jeremy Jackson of Scripps of Institute of Oceanography feel we are kidding ourselves if everyone feels that we will never run out of fish. Fish holds an important role in everyday life; it is a factor to employment and also is an important element in everyday life when served at meals in restaurants and at home.

When certain ocean water species numbers decline to the where they are put on the endangered species list, a plan of action needs to be put in play before the numbers become too low. A complete ban of any kind of fishing on species when their numbers are to low would be the most effective way to go, but with that comes several down sides. One being that the fish may be imported from other countries, this will raise the price for the moderate or low income families, and this would put the price up so that they may not be able to afford it at all. This will also affect the commercial fisherman who is dependent on fishing as a way to make a living. In 1985, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service put a ban on all striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and Maryland, after some extensive research they found the numbers declining due to over fishing. The ban was lifted in 1989, but however they put in effect limits with the commercial fisheries, a striped bass season was established, minimum fish lengths and a daily catch limits was put in effect. (www.fws.gov/ChesapeakeBay) With these limitations placed this species numbers still continue to increase every year. These types of examples need...
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