Overfishing Deals Severe Blow to Local Economy, Pew Environment Group Says
Scientists tend to frame the consequences of overfishing in esoteric ecological terms that seem frightening but are difficult to comprehend. A new study commissioned by the Pew Environment Group, however, translates the consequences into dollars and cents, making it all too clear that South Florida has lost millions in revenue due to depleted fish species.
"Speaking with a majority of my captains, this year is one of the slowest they've had in a while in terms of business and in terms of actually catching fish," says Steven Seigel, who runs VIP Fishing Charter, a company that acts as a broker for more than 50 fishing boats around the state. "Overfishing has definitely impacted everything."
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