Water Resource Plan
Human beings have contributed to the environmental problems that we face today. Some environmental problems such as pollution, global warming, ozone destruction, and endangered exotic animals are more public than others. Among the environmental problems that we face today which is not known to many individuals is the decline in available fish.
The decline in fish stock is a major water resource problem that causes populations of many commercial fish species to be depleted. “According to the National Research Council, 80 percent of nearly 200 commercially important fish stocks in the United States” and nearly 30 percent worldwide “are fully exploited or overfished.” (Berg & Hager 2007 p262) The decline in fish stock occurs because of the increasing demand for fish. As the demand for fish increases, more fishing boats go out to catch the needed fish for the demand. The amount of money that can be made from a pound of certain fish is an enhancement to many fishermen. In addition to the number of fishing boats increasing, advanced technology and highly effective methods of catching fish plays a role in the depleting fish populations.
Although the fish populations have dramatically decreased over the last half century, if we as a society take action in developing a management and sustainment plan that benefits all parties involved, we can eventually reverse the negative effects from decades of overfishing. A plan that would benefit both economic demands and environmental concerns is to put limits on when and how much of certain species of fish can be caught. This should apply to all boat that go out to catch fish for the industry. If such restrictions were enforced from here on out, the endangered fish populations would have an opportunity to return back to their previous size.
The plan to stop and try to reverse the damage that the decline in the fish...