ERIC Number: EJ769785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-25
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How Dire Is Overfishing?
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n38 pA22 May 2007
Recently, marine ecologists and economists have made the world aware of some alarming news about the ocean's bounty. According to researchers, populations of edible sea life are falling worldwide, and if the pattern were to continue, we would have no ocean fish left to harvest by midcentury. However, critics believe that this projection relies on dubious metrics and the situation is not so dire. One thing nearly everyone can agree on is that the oceans are stressed. This article examines the real status of the oceans' ecosystems and provides evidence that traditional management tools--such as restricted seasons and catch limits--can be effective in reversing the effects of overfishing. A plan to address overfishing off the coast of California is also discussed.
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Identifiers - Location: California