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Most people are familiar with the problems of the blue whale efforts to save endangeredsea turtles and the many tragic tales of dolphins dying in tuna nets Many people do not realizethe extreme danger that tuna and many other fish face There is an alarming decline in fishpopulations and this poses a dangerous threat to life in the ocean If fish decline so does thesea into and unstable environment Conservation measures and public support for them areFor decades man has taken fish out of the sea seeming to believe that there is an endlesssupply and that this supply cannot be destroyed We take these fish out of the sea faster thanthey can be replaced According to National Marine Fisheries services 90 fish species found offthe shores of the U S have been depleted Many more are in danger off being killed off Fishand shell fish that are at danger include cod flounder swordfish bluefin tuna blue marlinAtlantic lobster red snapper salmon and some species of shark These are just a few and theThe chief problem of the fish numbers being at an all-time low is over fishing Yetanother environmental problem caused by the human race Modern technologically-advancedfishing fleets have the capacity to push most fish populations to the brink of extinction Modernfishing fleets have large factory steam trawlers that can easily haul in net loads of up to 100 metrictons of fish These vessels can work fishing grounds for many months at a timeEcho sounding has been useful to fisherman by locating and determining the species andsize of fish shoals Airplanes and helicopters are even used to detect the surface fish Somespecies such as squid are attracted with strong lights and then sucked into the ship with powerfulBecause of these improved technologies more fish can be harvested but about one-fourth of theglobal catch over 20 million tons of fish and other marine animals are discarded yearly byfisherman Some of these fleets throw away more
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