Tuna and Overfishing
Around the world about 950 million people rely on fish as their primary source of protein and over 200 million people fish as a living (Fish and Chips). But how can these people support themselves and their families if there is little to no fish in the oceans. Fishermen have overfished the seas in a way that there are not enough fish going back into the water or being born to keep up with the rising amount of fish consumed. Having reduced the amount of fish in the ocean by at least 75%. Many fish have been targeted and affected by overfishing but the overfishing on Bluefin Tuna may be the worst. Being sought out for their succulent meat and high price, Bluefin Tuna are on the brink of extinction and may not be able to be saved.
Even though Bluefin tuna have been fished for extremely, some people believe that there is a fish in bigger trouble, sharks. Due to the high demands for shark fin soup in East Asia, and overfishing, shark populations have began to fall worldwide. While Bluefin tuna are caught for their meat, Sharks are mostly caught and killed in a process known as Finning. It involves cutting the fins of sharks and throwing its still living body back into the sea (Stop Shark Finning). In which they either starve to death, or become free meals for other fish. Because of the shark fin soup, shark fins are being harvested in great quantities to meet the demands of the growing Asian delicacy. Tens of millions of sharks are slaughtered every year to meet these soup demands, it is also said that 3 sharks are being killed every second so people
can use their fins to make shark fin soup. Populations of many shark species have fallen by over 90%. Since 1972 the number of black tip sharks has fallen by 93%, tiger sharks by 97% and bull sharks, dusky sharks and smooth hammerheads by 99% due to Finning and overfishing (Stop Shark Finning).
A while back Bluefin tuna were revered nothing more than “horse mackerel...