Imagine a life without fish, a major food source that is being decimated by our own greed and inability to open our
eyes to what is going on in our oceans. This is what will happen if we continue to harshly overfish the oceans all
around us. As unbelievable as it is, if our habits continue to ravage the weakening fish population, the entire world
as we know it will change.
For this reason, I believe that we need to drastically limit fishing and our consumption of fish. Many people think the
only thing that will change if we run out of fish is that we won't have any more fish, but entire communities and towns
will be out of business.
It is possible to avoid, but it won't be easy. All of our main food fish" such as blue fin tuna, Atlantic cod, haddock
and king crab are being exhausted. This is when something is overhunted so it can't replenish itself as fast as it is
being used. This is also occurring with game fish such as marlin, shark and swordfish. These species are not
necessarily good eating but are very fun to catch.
When large nets are used to catch vast numbers of fish at one time, many other non-target fish are caught and killed.
In the nets, there are not always fish; mammals such as dolphins are commonly caught up in the netting and die. This is
nearly impossible to avoid because it is very difficult to release fish that are caught in nets. Many fish species have
already been destroyed by overfishing. If we lose an incredibly important food source such as fish, it will affect
Of course, not all fish species are at risk, but if some of the key species become very scarce, many people will go
hungry or lose their jobs. Some of those major species are tuna, salmon and mackerel. Without even one of these
species, the lives of many will change.
Patrick Leach, eighth grade, Miller Middle School, Durango