The Great Wall of China ain't the only thing man mad visible from space
by Rainertaycho on March 13, 2018 - 9:22pm
According to the article "The Global footprint of fisheries" by Julie Cohen, 55% of the world's waters are covered by fisheries. The Earth is composed of at least 70% water, so being able to cover 55% of that is staggeringly impressive (human greed is the best motivation afterall). UC Santa Barbara teamed up with prominent scientific figures such as Global Fishing Watch, National Geographic, Dalhousie University,Skytruth, Google, and Stanford University in order to accurately illuminate the world's global fishery net. They had managed to observe the fishery patterns from each nation down to every fishing vessel and their down times, which could vary from nation to nation. Precisely 70,000 commercial fishing vessels were observed and countries such as China, Japan, South Kore, Spain and Taiwan accounted for 85% of the vessels fishing in the highseas. Now thinking of the amount of pollution these vessels produce, not to mention the amount of fishes that are consumed by these countries, it is enough to think that we are about to slowly eliminate biodiversiy in the seas. As to the motivation for this large amount of fishing, research has tied the fishery activities largeky to politics culture and economy, more so than natural fish migration and marine food production. This means that humans keep hunting for fish more than is necessary to survive.The reason as to why this topic was brought up by such prominent figures is to alert the government and the people to regulate fishery activities better as their actions could lead to dire consequences.
In my opinion, we have been hunting fishes in excessive amounts and that we should tone down on the fish massacres. We hunt for fish for economic prosperityleaving behind small dents in biodiversity which could accumulate and one day completely break the chain.