Overfishing in the US Ending?

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 2:08 PM

From eFI - For Teachers
According to a couple articles, a leading scientist claims that overfishing has, or is very close to, ending in the US. This is good news, but can it be true?

The US has taken great strides in the cause against overfishing, and according to Steve Murawski, a retired chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service, overfishing in our little country is at an end.

But that doesn't mean that we're ready to sit down and enjoy a guilt-free fish meal for dinner. While overfishing may be under some sort of control here in the states, it is still a problem in many other countries. The US is one of the few countries that has made much effort in this problem. It's clear that more help is needed.

And though the problem may be on the mend here, we must still be careful not to fall into old habits once again. We must continue to help prevent overfishing whenever possible, and aid other countries in doing so as well. It is my firm belief that all countries should have their own "fish farms" where they raise native fish, thus leaving the ocean fish relatively alone, and from there countries can trade with one-another to get that unique fish somewhere else. After all, the ocean is the home of sharks, whales, dolphins and so forth... they should have first dibs on the food.

That is only an opinion and it will take quite some time for anything like this to happen, if it ever will, so we must all continue to do our best and raise awareness. Overfishing is a very real concern.

-http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/leading-scientists-say-us-overfishing-has-ended-so-can-i-have-that-piece-of-fatty-tuna.htm
-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/steve-murawski-overfishing_n_806679.html

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