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Overfishing threatening recreational activities

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Recreational opportunities
Fishing at an unsustainable level is making it harder for us to enjoy ocean activities. Snorkeling or scuba diving on a tropical coral reef wouldn’t be quite the same if it didn’t have fish. And many tropical fish keep coral reefs healthy by eating algae that would otherwise smother it and by eating creatures that damage coral. This, combined with a warming climate, is seriously threatening coral reefs. Additionally, recreational fishing is rapidly growing with over 10 million saltwater fishermen in the United States alone. Other favorite past-times, like birding and whale watching, indirectly rely on the amount of fish in the ocean. No fish in the ocean could seriously ruin your weekend or vacation.

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Sources:

SeaWeb (2004). Study In Science Reveals Recreational Fishing Takes Big Bite Of Ocean Catch. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 9, 2008, from
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases
/2004/08/040827094111.htm
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The Coral Reef Alliance. (2007). Why Should I Care. The Coral Reef Alliance. Retrieved March 9, 2008, from
http://www.coralreefalliance.org/
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