Action Items(in the correct order) | Action Steps | Timeline | Identify the fish species being affected | Consult the studies conducted by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and identify the big fish that are in danger | Month 1 | Develop a “Reduced Catch” plan and implementation procedures | Create a plan to limit the amount of fish that commercial fisherman can bring in on a single catch. Create enforcement regulations to ensure the plan is followed. Set roll out date. | Month 2-4 | Schedule presentation for commercial fishing industry | Develop a presentation to outline the new plan to the members of the commercial fishing industry.Schedule presentation date.Give presentation nationwide and inform the commercial fishing
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Environmentalists will agree with the plan on principle but they will not be satisfied with the levels in which the fish are being protected. The reduction in fishing will be a start in replenishing the big fish populations and will appease some. Other environmentalists will not be satisfied until 50% of the oceans are made off limits to fishing. The problem with that approach is that it is not feasible. There would be no real way to ensure that those areas were not being fished. With this plan, it can be enforced and a difference can be made. Different areas of the community will be affected by this new plan. The lifestyles of those that are dependent upon the catches that the commercial fishermen bring in will be altered slightly. There will be less of these big fish available for purchase in supermarkets and this will likely cause the price to go up. Jobs are protected by this plan rather than by shutting down half of the oceans. With this the jobs will still exist but quotas will be lower than they were before. Fishing communities will see a difference but in the long run they will reap the benefits of this plan.
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National Geographic News. (2003). Big-Fish Stocks Fall 90 Percent Since 1950, Study Says. Retrieved April 9, 2010, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/pf/49486836.html