Causes Of Overfishing

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Because population in the USA is rising, so is the demand for seafood and amount commercial fishing. Almost half of marine life has been killed since 1970 because of commercial fishing and climate change together. This is any issue that has been going on for quite a while. It is a problem for many people in the US and for people in other countries all over the world as well. In 1996 the legislature passed an act called the Fisheries Conservation Act. Unfortunately this act did not work and the marine species population continued to go down at a fast rate.
One of the many causes of this marine life problem is the demand for fish and other types of seafood in the US. As I stated before, as the demand rises, so does the commercial fishing industry. This is bad for marine life because commercial fishing is one of the main causes of overfishing. Overfishing is when too many of a species is killed at one time. This leads to the endangerment or possibly the extinction of the species because there are not enough left to repopulate. Another cause of this problem is bycatch (also is caused by commercial fishing). This when fisherman catches fish or sea
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In addition to this overfishing is causing almost an entire species at a time to be killed. Take Georges Bank for example. It was best known for its abundant supply of fish and was even bigger than NJ! Because of this many fishermen caught hundreds of fish at a time over and over until eventually the bank was overfished and no longer had its great number of fish. Another party that is affected by this problem is… us. The more we eat fish and other types of seafood now, the less we will have in the future. Also, at the rate that we are eating fish, we may have NONE of many different species of sea

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