Post Number:#1 January 31st, 2012, 11:29 pm
I'm currently writing a paper on the ethics of fishing, and I wanted to get some alternative input about one of my paragraph topics. I'm discussing the idea of a fisherman who continues to fish even after learning that the salmon stocks have become dangerously low, and whether this would be considered ethical behaviour (and this is all under the assumption that fishing for salmon is legal). I want to argue that it is unethical because he/she knows of the depletion and therefore is responsible for their actions, but the other side of the argument is that, as a single fisherman, he/she has a very negligible impact on the population of salmon, and by quitting fishing they are essentially losing their job and income. This is a very wide open topic, and I was hoping to get some input from some of you, so I thank you in advance for any advice!