The Ultimate Fishing Quotas Quiz

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What does "fishing" mean?

Fishing may be a recreational sport for some, but it's a livelihood for many others.

Why do commercial fisheries operate at sea?

Commercial fisheries all over the world go to sea in search of large hauls of fish and shellfish.

Why are some sea fish becoming endangered species?

Many species of sea fish are in grave danger, because of the long unregulated history of fishing and sluggish legislation to curb overfishing.

What is fish management?

Scientists all over the world study the mating, breeding and travel patterns of fish species in order to provide useful data to the government bodies that regulate the commercial industry.

Every fish in every body of water on Earth is:

Every fish in the world today is regulated.

Why are fishing regulations in place?

Fishing regulations are issued to make sure no species is overfished.

What is the direct effect of overfishing?

Overfishing leads to a depleted stock and even the threat of extinction.

Which industry is responsible for overfishing?

Overfishing is a hot button issue in the commercial fishing industry.

How much fish was harvested by U.S. fishermen in 2007?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that year more than 9.2 billion pounds of fish were taken from American waters.

What was the total revenue generated by U.S. fishermen in 2007?

The 4.2 million metric tons of fish caught had a value of more than $4.1 billion.

What causes an imbalance in marine ecosystems?

Scientists have data that show that many species of fish are dwindling and that the oceans' ecosystems are in trouble.

The limits that are set for commercial fisheries are called:

These limits are called individual fishing quotas, or IFQs.

How are individual fishing quotas represented?

Individual fishing quotas are generally represented in quota shares.

What does each quota share represent?

Each share represents a percentage of the total allowable catch for the species and region, called a fishery.

Commercial fishing in the United States was mostly unregulated till:

Before 1976, U.S. commercial fishing was pretty much a free-for-all.

Which was the first U.S. law to prevent overfishing?

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) was designed to prevent overfishing.

What are the factors deciding annual fishing quotas?

Each year, quotas are set for each fish species based on a stock assessment and fishery evaluation.

What is bycatch?

Bycatch is fish that get caught in the net even though the vessel isn't permitted to catch that particular kind.

Nearly _____ percent of United States fisheries are overfished.

Nearly 40 percent of American fisheries are overfished -- 10 percent more than the rest of the world.

How many fisheries are there in the U.S.?

There are 959 fisheries in the U.S., but more than half lack the necessary data to know whether they are overfished.

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About This Quiz

Individual fishing quotas or IFQs are the limits set for commercial fisheries. These quotas are necessary to protect some fish species from being overfished into extinction. Take this quiz and see how the fishing quota system works.

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