Why Overfishing Must Stop

This article was written by Laura Patanapongpibul, a student in year 6, as part of her exhibition project on overfishing.

Overfishing means to deplete the stock of fish, in other words, fish the ocean to its limits. Overfishing is one of the many problems in the world but unfortunately not a lot of people know about this problem.

Overfishing causes problems in the food chain, since fish are a big factor and consumers in the food chain fishing too much can turn into a big problem. People in some parts of the world are experiencing invasive species such as rays and jellyfish and the cause is… overfishing.

Fish help the ocean become healthier. Coral reefs help with the biodiversity in the seas by offering homes for all kinds of marine species, fish help the coral reefs by eating sea urchins, weeds, and stop diseases from spending.

Protecting fish is important so they can live and help balance the ecosystem. We can protect them by buying MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified products, the MSC is an association that certifies seafood products with their blue label (below) when the fish have been fished legally and responsibly, meaning they didn’t overfish the fish. We can also look at the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) website and the MSC website for more information about how to help.

Human kind is destroying the delicate marine ecosystem and we need to stop, we need to work together to make a difference.

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