Tuna Fish Case Study

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Problem Statement: How can U.S. Fisheries prevent or decrease the harm to the ecological environment from overfishing of tuna fish?

Background: The United States is overfishing the Atlantic coast with a variety of new-age fishing methods, which has destroyed and will continue to further damage our ocean’s ecological systems. Since the 21st century began, industrial fishing off the Unites States’ coasts have drastically changed in their methods to provide citizens of this country with a bountiful amount of in-demand seafood. Such seafood include fish like the Blue Fin Tuna, Marlins, and Swordfish; all endangered or at-risk species. Many of the people believe that the ocean is full of fish and it is so vast – can we even run out of fish? Unfortunately,
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This is prompted by the belief that its value might be worth more than gold as we continue to hunt it out of existence.
An online web organization, Overfishing.org, reports that over 25% of fish stocks are either overexploited or depleted, with only 1% recovering from depletion with the help of fish farming (another method which equally does both harm and good). From these dwindling levels of catch come another predicament – entire ecosystems are disappearing along with the fish populations.
Destructive fishing techniques like bottom trawling, dynamiting, and poisoning destroy habitats near shore as well as in the deep sea. This loss of aquatic habitats removes crucial organisms’ homes that may have provided that area with a means of stability and reproduction, as well as acted as prey for larger animals. Because the larger fish are becoming scarce, the smaller fish are becoming too abundant with not much to control its population. Diversity within the ocean is at
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The Marine Conservation Institute has observed that bottom trawling is more wasteful then beneficial due to the machines dragging 905 by catch, which later gets tossed back overboard. Economically, this decision is sound in banning the practice.
Policy Option 3: Regulate fishing seasons by catch per pound.
The most sustainable option that considers both parties of consumer and environment is this. There does not have to be a ban on fishing to stop the overfishing crises – but instead implement a set limit on catch. Each fishing organization that brings in wholesale catch will be limited by how much they distribute their fish and to whom; that will pertain how many pounds they can catch per day, week, or month. Each state can set their limit however they like based on adequate research to validate the statistics that would choose.
Policy Option 4: Active support organizations to educate and reform backed by

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