The Negative Effects Of Fishing In China

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Thesis: China’s industrial waste practices and fishing methods have led to a negative impact in the world’s aquatic ecosystem.

Abstract. Despite China’s major economic and technological advances, the country is being faced with a threatening reality of toxic polluted water that negatively impacts the welfare of both its aquatic life, as well as, the water throughout the world. Through its economic advances, China has also created an overwhelming technique of mass fishing, to feed the global population. Research has suggested that the quality of water, and the life in it, have been viewed as replaceable, and something easily redeemable; not realizing that a combination of overfishing and releasing contaminated waste in the water takes generations
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Every year, China’s fishing industry makes billions of dollars, mostly because of its ever expanding population. Prior to the 1950’s, fish was a symbol of status in coastal regions, because the costs of farming fish was expensive. Today, however, fishing has become such an increasingly large sector in the government 's agricultural economy; that it is just as common to see a lower income, inland person, have the same access to fish as an wealthier coastal person. This shift is largely in response to the change in the production. Through a technique called, seine netting, farmers are able to haul out hundreds to thousands of fish at once. Through this process, fisherman set their nets to the bottom of a river, and as the net elevates, it traps all the fish to the surface. This method, according Sri Lanka’s newspaper, ColomboPage, has been outlawed by many other countries, including theirs, for the protection against overfishing (ColomboPage, 2013). Whether the fish be tuna or sardine, each fish is mass hunted, creating concern for when the supply will run out. The problem with this technique, is that it stops the reproduction cycle. With this netting, all of the fish in the water are targeted, whether they are young or old; small or large. What this does is prevent younger fish from maturing and reproducing. This essentially eradicates a species in very pronounced

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