Today the issue concerning fish extinction is one of the most important issues in our society. Many species of fish like whales, turtles, sharks and others are under serious threat, according to the findings of the assessment carried out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. (Gill, 2009, para.1) The main purpose of my project is to discuss the significance of rules and regulations which can help to prevent the extinction of certain species of fish like whales, turtles, sharks and others. This project will help me to learn more not only about the current environmental situation in the world, but also about the drastic measures that are taken by the government and environmental organizations to preserve nature. The audience for this project includes those people who are not indifferent to the issue of the research – the extinction of certain species of fish like whales, turtles, sharks etc., and who are ready to seek ways for environment protection. In this project, I will play the role of an advocate. My investment in the topic of the project is based on the fact that I share my knowledge on environmental situation in the world and appropriate rules and regulations to prevent fish extinction with others in order to seek new ways for environment protection. My personal experience is that I take an active part in different environment protection actions organized by the National Environmental Defense Fund that protects ecosystem, works to reduce pollution, “promotes smart fishery management techniques and protects critical habitants”. (Environmental Defense Fund, 2011) The EDF keeps me updated on environmental news and urgent actions. For example, on November 7, 2011 I took action – I urged President Obama to protect our oceans. On November 3, 2011, I took another action – to help save polar bears. Besides, my donations help the fund to fulfill its mission. (Environmental Defense Fund, 2011) My special qualities that I will bring to the project are personal responsibility for ecosystem, openness of communication on environmental problems, ambition for searching new ways to protect nature and settled convictions to fight for healthy life and environment protection.
One of the events that became a catalyst for bringing the topic of my project to the public eye is the environmental news concerning the shrimp trawl-related deaths of a great number of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. It is found that on October 13, 2011, conservation groups asked Washington federal court to hold the National Marine Fisheries Service accountable for its role in this anti-environmental act. It is known that in 2011 “more than 1,400 sea turtles have been washed ashore dead or injured in the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic Ocean”. (Defenders of Wildlife, 2011) Although the Fisheries Service has linked this loss to drowning in shrimp fishing nets, it is clear that the appropriate rules and regulations might have stopped this loss. That is why I decided to choose the topic on rules and regulations to prevent the extinction of certain species of fish like whales, turtles, sharks etc. The hypothesis is the appropriate rules and regulations may prevent the extinction of certain species of fish like whales, turtles, sharks etc.
Defenders of Wildlife. Conservation groups move to stop sea turtle deaths from shrimp trawling. 2011. Retrieved from:<http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2011/10_13_2011_groups_move_to_stop_sea_turtle_deaths_from_shrimp_trawling.php>
Environmental Defense Fund. Official Site. 2011. Retrieved from:< http://www.edf.org/>
Gill, V. (2009) Many Sharks Facing Extinction. Science Reporter. BBC News. June 25, 2009. Retrieved from:<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8117378.stm>
Rules and Regulations to Prevent Fish Extinction