Protect marine life

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Climate change, ocean garbage, overfishing, and seismic blasting have approximately endangered 50% of the actual marine spices. It seems that we humans, as land-dwellers, have little appreciation of our world’s vast oceans. The oceans provide us with 70 percent of the world’s oxygen and absorb 30 percent of the greenhouse gases that we release into the atmosphere. But, despite this amazingness, we feel free to take as many fish as we want from those mysterious depths, and fill them with untold amounts of chemicals, plastic, and other trash.

Overfishing is the reason why 80 percent of global fish stocks are fully- to over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse, and, around 90 percent of large predatory fish stocks had witnessed a steep decline in their numbers since the 1950s.

According to WWF: Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. […] Several important commercial fish populations (such as Atlantic bluefin tuna) have declined to the point where their survival as a species is threatened. Target fishing of top predators, such as tuna and groupers, is changing marine communities, which lead to an abundance of smaller marine species, such as sardines and anchovies.

Methods such as long line fishing, bottom trawling, and the use of purse seine nets often devastate marine ecosystems by removing far more fish from an area than was intended. Bycatch – a term used to describe untargeted marine animals who end up in enormous commercial fishing nets – is also a serious problem that threatens species such as turtles, dolphins, sharks and manta rays. According to Oceana, global bycatch takes up to 40% of the world's catch. Using incredibly advanced and aggressive technology to meet demands for seafood, we’re waging a war on our oceans.

After WWII, the development of sonar technology began to take off and with it, so did the methods used to locate and capture large swaths of fish for consumption. The proliferance of large-scale commercial fishing operations has pushed many species of fish to the brink of extinction, with some conservation experts predicting that our oceans could be "empty" by the year 2048 if fishing continues at its current rate.

HOW MANY SPECIES ARE WE LOSING?

We are amidst the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily. Some studies say that we are silently losing up to 150 species each day, if the upper estimate of species numbers is true.

The term “mass extinction event” describes a phenomenon whereby the planet loses 75 percent of its biodiversity within a period of three to twenty-two centuries. Given the fact that the world has lost 52 percent of its wildlife in the past four decades alone, we are rapidly approaching that tipping point, and Earth is now considered to be in the midst of its sixth mass extinction event. Species are at grave risk of dying out because of one single species, humans.

I demand the big fisheries to stop overfishing and exploiting our oceans. Species need time to regenerate and we're not giving them that time. It doesn't make any sense to catch this this amount of fish until there's no fish left in the oceans.