The dangers and threats of overharvesting to biodiversity

Mangrove forests: threats

Direct effects When recruitment of target species is relatively high, the average size of individuals is affected because larger individuals tend to be harvested and populations display signs of growth overfishing. Number of alien species recorded in the Nordic terrestrial, freshwater and marine environment Equally long-term data available from five Nordic countries Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland that have recorded the cumulative number of alien species in freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments since demonstrate the continuing arrival of new immigrants of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates Figure 2.

Conservation Biology

Highly-protected Marine Reserves are areas of the sea where human disturbances are minimised, allowing to maintain the natural biodiversity or, more often, to recover it to a more natural state. The Carolina parakeet was hunted to extinction.

As discussed in "Processes and Patterns of Biodiversity", disturbance is a crucial process that maintains biodiversity, changes in disturbance regimes may radically alter the diversity of an area. Effects include habitat alteration conversion to farmland for crops and grazingexotic pest introductions and pollution from pesticides and fertilizers.

Because of the loss of the top predator, a dramatic increase in their prey species can occur. The loss of a top predator like cod, along with reductions of other top predator fish populations like haddock and flounder, has led to an explosion in prey fish populations like herring, capelin and shrimp.

Lawrence river to create the Maritime Passage, permitting marine vessels to get to the Great Lakes. This could be achieved by cultivation processes that integrate wild species into agricultural landscapes.

Indirect effects of fishhing include "Ghost fishing" from fishing nets left or lost in the ocean by fishermen. In addition, increased erosion due to land deforestation can massively increase the amount of sediment in rivers.

Lawrence lowlands, where the soil is most fertile and where the highest diversity of native plants in Quebec is found, creating potential conflicts between conservation of biodiversity and agriculture.

A classic example of cascade effects occurred with sea otters. Individuals can also participate in land preservation through charities and private corporations. Endemic species—those that live only in one place and nowhere else—are particularly vulnerable to hybridization if closely related species are introduced.

For example, inside Marine Reserves the abundance of species of ecological and commercial importance, such as the snapper Pagurus auratus and the spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii are almost 9 and 4 times, respectively, more abundant inside reserves than in adjacent unprotected areas.

Manufacturing is energy- and water-intensive and its main effect on biodiversity has been pollution of air, water and soil. About one-quarter of all Canadian manufacturing takes place in Quebec, with paper, primary metals and food processing being the major activities.

Threats to Biodiversity

As you learn about the current threats to biodiversity, resist the temptation to conclude that humans are simply foolish or short-sighted or greedy, and instead consider the larger pressures and systems that lead toward biodiversity loss. This ballast water may contain many plants and animals native to other regions of the world.

Read about catching coral smugglers here. The tuna, cod, halibut and haddock fisheries in the North Atlantic Ocean have declined to one-third of what they used to be.

One famous and striking example of an invasive species is the brown tree snake in Guam.

Marine Biodiversity Wiki

There are many marine conservation organisations throughout the world that focus on funding conservation efforts, educating the public and stakeholders, and lobbying for conservation law and policy see below. For example, a channel was excavated through the center of the St.This in turn has impacts on the rest of the marine ecosystem, such as the increased growth of algae and threats to coral reef health.

Overfishing is also closely tied to bycatch, another serious marine threat that causes the needless loss of billions of fish, along with marine turtles and cetaceans. Invasive species are the second largest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss.

Wildlife Guide

An invasive species is a species that is not native to a particular area, but arrives (usually with human help), establishes a population, and spreads on its own. Overexploitation or overfishing is the removal of marine living resources to levels that can not sustain viable populations.

Ultimately, overexploitation can lead to resource depletion and put a number of threatened and endangered species at risk for extinction.


Overharvesting: Mangrove trees are used for firewood, construction wood, wood chip and pulp production, charcoal production, and animal fodder. While harvesting has taken place for centuries, in some parts of the world it is no longer sustainable, threatening the future of the forests.

The growth of human populations, consumption levels, and mobility is the root of most of the serious threats to biodiversity today. While learning about the negative impacts of humans on biodiversity, please keep a few things in mind.

Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods WWF works to protect. To adequately address this crisis we must urgently reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the consequences of global warming, which we are already experiencing.

The dangers and threats of overharvesting to biodiversity
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