Are There Some Fish Species on the verge of Extinction?
Being a person who loves outdoors and generally water, it’s likely that you might find me in the oceans or fresh waters either as I try fish angling and sport fishing. This is an activity which brings satisfaction to me and one that I truly love. Apart from that, I love deep sea fishing, which is an activity that I’ve partaken for several years because of the thrill and adventure of catching big fishes which weigh more than 500lbs.
However during my recent escapades last spring, I realized that it was becoming increasingly difficult to spot those big fishes which once used to rule the North Atlantic such as Atlantic Halibut, or the Acadian Redfish.
I decided to do some research and was astonished to find facts about several species which are on their verge of extinction with their productivity being threatened and their survival endangered because of human activities. I out rightly knew that something needs to be done. If at all the survival of these species was to be sustained, then something had to be done. Someone concern had to intervene.
That’s when I decided to form a conservation group which would seek to have discussions with all concerned authorities so as to seek a way forward about how these marine fish species could be protected. I planned to use the platform to sensitize the needs to conserve these species. Collecting all the necessary data and media files such as videos was not an easy task.
Each day, I felt that what I was doing was not enough because in my research, I continued to see people capture these species and I knew felt that by the time my pleas are heard, then the species may have been depleted.
Change of course
That’s when I decided to change the main agenda of my conservation group and instead concentrate on requesting the campaigning for action against overfishing. I figured out that these species are being threatened because those who fish them feel that the oceans are so robust and thus they fish can’t be depleted. This way by forming a movement against overfishing, then there would be a platform to sensitize the public about the endangered species as well as the urge them practice healthy fishing habits.
That not being enough, the movement was also supposed to champion for the needs of marine sanctuaries where these endangered species would be put and monitored as efforts to restore them by seeking their monitored reproduction would take place.
Today, I’m grateful that my efforts are working and most of illegal fishing is being acted upon while anglers are being licensed and monitored so that they can practice safe angling. I’m glad that the posterity might too have a chance to see some of the species which have been endangered for long.