The case study "Food Sustainability the Environmental Impact of Modern Fishing Technology and Its Consequences" states that Historically, the use and development of technology has been invariable, aimed at reducing costs, and maximizing profits, across various sectors in the industry. …
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Regardless of the serious consequences of excessive use of technology, across all sectors, the benefits offered by it – such as profit maximization, ease of use, and cost reduction to name a few, far over-rides all other motives, and hence it can be safely presumed that the technology-aided methods and processes are here to stay. More and more industries are seen adopting such trends, and the fishing industry is no exception.
Technological inventions in the fishing industry, in recent years, have brought about a significant change in commercial fishing in terms of rising in economic profits, reduction in overall costs, increase in efficiency of catching target species, as well as other value-added benefits. However, the industry is also plagued with mounting environmental concerns such as gradual degradation of aquatic life, damage to vulnerable habitats, and a disruption of the ecosystems in general. Although the use of technology is aimed at reducing the environmental impact, through the use of mitigation technologies, there are various exceptions to such an agenda. Moreover, given the fact that the use of such mitigating technologies is likely to affect short-term profitability, the promotion and use of such technologies would be largely neglected, thereby leading to long term environmental damage. This paper discusses various such negative impacts of excessive use of technology in the fishing industry.
Fishing has been a common activity in the UK for thousands of years, however, the scale and scope of the industry have expanded substantially over the years. The methods and processes used for fishing has also undergone tremendous change, which are drastically different from the humble equipments – such as harpoons and hooks used in small scale, to the modern mechanized and powerful fishing vehicles of the 20th century, which are heavier, running on fuel and hence at a high risk of causing greater environmental damage. The use of synthetic fibers for ropes and nets has also increased substantially, leading to an increase in the quantity of fish caught at a given time.
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