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Important overfishing terms to know


overfishing factsQuotas:
This is s set quantity or amount of fish stock given to all registered fishing companies (fishery) in a given region. The regulatory body ensures that no one catches more than their quota. There are penalties for companies who do so. Quotas are designed to prevent overfishing and to prevent endangering fish stock.

overfishing factsBycatch:
This includes marine creatures caught when fishermen are at work. They include squids, turtles, sea-horses and lions, dolphins, fur seals, albatrosses and porpoises. In many cases, bycatch is thrown overboard dead or dying. Sometimes they are also used or sold. Bycatch is a huge threat to marine biodiversity.
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overfishing factsConsumer Need:
Some fish like Tuna is many people’s favourite. This means they buy a lot of it from the market and the pressure is relayed to the fishing companies to try and catch more Tuna.

overfishing factsFishery:
A Fishery is a registered activity engaged in catching, processing and marketing a species of fish or shellfish for human consumption, other animal consumption or medicine production like Omega3. These can be very large businesses with lots of technology, or very simple units that use traditional small-scale boats and gears. A fishery may be commercial, subsistence or recreational. Fisheries have license to fish in well-defined locations, type of fish to be caught and even methods of fishing to be used.

overfishing factsSustainable fishing:
This is simply a fishing model that ensures that its' activities do not endanger the population in that fishing area. It ensures that the stock is healthy over an unlimited time period. It uses nondestructive methods to ensure that only the needed species and quantity are caught and also at rates that make fish easily re-populate. Sustainable fishing ensure that it the activities do not impact the ecosystem by removing their fish source, killing unwanted species, or destroying their habitats.

overfishing factsUnsustainable fishing:
This, on the hand is any fishing practice that depletes the stock in the water, kills other species, destroys their physical environment and generally makes the entire fish species and others unhealthy. Examples of unsustainable fishing include pair trawling and bottom trawling.

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