Tragedy of the Commons

This article covers the history of overfishing as well as giving us a glimpse into the future if we are not more proactive in protecting fish populations. It started to truly become a problem in the mid 20th century, when governments were searching for foods that were high in protein and low in cost. This led to more efforts from governments to increase fish production. Large fleets sailed oceans with more and more sophisticated technology to track and catch fish-especially targeting specific species such as cod, herring, and sardines which were on the brink of extinction in the mid 1900s. 1989 marked the peak of open sea fishing, and it has been declining but is still a major issue. Fisheries for orange roughty, Chilean sea bass, bluefin tuna have collapsed. Due to the collapses of these fisheries fleets are going deeper into the ocean and farther down the food chain to find fish. This is triggering a change in the balance of seas ecosystem. The author proposes aggressive fishery managements, better enforcement of laws, and an increased use of aquaculture. I personally believe that it is horrible that people are overfishing, especially to the point that some fish populations are on the brink of extinction. I think it is vital that we more rigorously regulate fishing policies.

Lea Aftimos

Tragedy of the Commons- Overfishing

National Geographic

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