​Dangerous Catch (Pd 4) Group 1: Far-Reaching Effects of Overfishing in Ghana
“Our massive demands on the ocean’s bounty impacts life far beyond the shoreline: bushmeat hunting is on the rise in Ghana while in Namibia; fishing grounds struggle to recover as putrid fumes explode from the ocean depths and poison the waters; and radical new fish farms are sprouting up from Puerto Rico to Canada. Across the globe, all life is feeling the effects of overfishing. Can we protect fish in time to safeguard the ocean, life on land and ultimately ourselves? Find out how we all can make a difference.”¿

What did biologist Justin Brashares discover when he went to Ghana to study antelopes?.
Justin Brashares discovered that all the wildlife was disappearing and the fish population was decreasing.

What are the Direct and Indirect effects of the baboon overpopulation in Ghana?
The direct effects of baboon overpopulation is when fish numbers are low, local people need to start hunting more animals for food. The indirect effects means that there is an exchange of disease and that kids are taken out of school to keep baboons away from their crops.

What did Brashares discover about the baboons by looking through the wildlife archives in Mole National Park?
Brashares discovered that elephants when down in population by 90%, hippo population decreased by 70%. and large predators, like lions, decreased by 80%.

How are fish, baboons and bushmeat related?
Fish, baboons, and bushmeat are related by when fish are in good supply there is less need for hunting and bushmeat. On the other side, when fish numbers are low, there is more need for hunting and bushmeat.

What are other factors contributing to the problem of fish supplies?
Other factors contributing to the problem of fish supplies can be pirates who steal the fish, so that it can not get to the places it is supposed to go. Another factor is subsidies, like the European Union and other countries are being paid to come over to the Ghana waters to take the fish out of the water. The locals do not have any fish to catch and eat.

What actions can be taken to restore balance in Ghana?
  1. We can make wise choices at the market by buying fish products with this tag.external image MSC%20reg.jpg
  2. We can reduce our fish consumption.
  3. We can not support subsidies.

Marine Stewardship Council


In this section of the movie, we learned that everything is interconnected. This is true because when Justin Brashares traveled to Ghana to study antelopes, he noticed that fish and wildlife were suddenly disappearing. Everything is interconnected because when fish numbers are low, there is more need for bushmeat and hunting and the baboon population then goes boom! When the fish numbers are high, there is less need for bushmeat and hunting, so the baboon population crashes. Brashares discovered that elephants went down in population by 90%, hippo population decreased by 70%. and large predators, like lions, decreased by 80% when he went to Mole National Park. Other contributers of decreasing wildlife numbers are pirates, and European fisherman. We can solve this problem by not supporting subsidies, limiting our fish consumption, and lastly, buying fish products with the Marine Stewardship Council Seal.

Good Job showing the connections. 75/75 points. Another thing that can be done in Ghana is to provide them with ways to support their families without bushmeat hunting and overfishing. My friend from Tucson, Florence Clark, is doing just that. She helped start an organization to support an orphanage in Ghana in 2005. Recently she received a grant to help them start their own fish farming business in Ghana to support their orphanage and others like it. They will be raising and harvesting tilapia on a river. This is a native species for them. If there is interest, we could have her come talk to us now that she has recently returned from Ghana.