Stop Overfishing Now

- an awareness project created by Ben Rubinoff

 
 

There are millions of fish in the sea. What people don’t understand is that the fish population is being depleted very rapidly. Overfishing is when fisheries catch fish more rapidly than they can reproduce, therefore reducing the amount of fish in the sea (www.mbayaq.org). Overfishing can make species of fish absolutely extinct. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, “Off New England, cod were once so plentiful that boats had trouble pushing through them.” This delicate species of cod is nearly gone just from the demand for more cod. The number of fishing vessels is estimated to be 250% larger than needed for the fish to sustainably produce (www.marinebio.org). If we keep overfishing the sea, we will end up with a fishless sea.

 

Problem

“People don’t understand that the fish population is being depleted very rapidly.”

A diagram of overfishing from See the Sea.org