Accountability for Marine Wildlife Conservation

The IUCN says the Atlantic bluefin tuna is endangered. Its stocks have declined globally between 29 percent and 51 percent over the past 21 to 39 years, according to the conservation group.



If you’ve ever been to the east coast of the United States, you know that fishing is a major industry. In New England, several seafood dishes, such as lobster and clam chowder, have made their way into legendary American Fare. However, the consumption and fishing of certain sea creatures off of the coast of New England has lead to some wildlife endangerment. For example, the population of bluefin tuna is quickly dwindling. Meanwhile, the industry is slogging on, trying to catch what few fish are left. In order to sustain both the wildlife and the industry, rules need to be set in place so that these populations can recover. However, the government has been somewhat complacent. We need to force the government to be accountable for protecting the wildlife in the ocean.



While the fishing industry is making money, it is also hurting itself and its future because of the declining population of certain kinds of fish off the coast of New England. What is more, they are potentially leaving a huge environmental footprint by overfishing these fish. The government seems to be slow in taking on these big companies. This could be because some of these companies provide financial support to the campaigns of these politicians in the government. However, we need to keep the government accountable for its pledge to protect the environment and preserve the wildlife. If nothing is done, then these fish could potentially become extinct, leading to a great environmental tragedy,

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