The Biggest Threats to Recreational Fishing

The dwindling fish population poses a threat to commercial and recreational fishing. According to reports by WWF, the increasing human demand for fish along with subsidies for fishing fleet has resulted in overfishing.

It also found that 70% of the world’s fish population has either been fished to their limit or are in a crisis.

The fishing crisis begs the question: who is responsible for the decreasing fish species? And what are the dangers and threats to recreational fishing?

Let’s find out the real culprits behind deteriorating ecological conditions that have led us to diminished fish stocks.

Environmental Pollution

Environmental pollution triggered by unsustainable human practices have destroyed the marine ecosystem and killed fish species.

Ocean littering due to oil spills and landfill waste, increasing use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, water and noise pollution has contributed to the disastrous state of marine life.

Pharmaceutical products and waste dumped into water bodies have gravely impacted the marine life with drugs found in 80% of lakes in the US, according to a Harvard Health report.

It has disrupted the natural order, led to sex mutation in fish species, and breeding issues due to the chemical imbalance of water.

Climate Change

Climate change is a very real problem that has affected global temperatures and resulted in rising sea levels, coral reef destruction, and ocean acidification that have directly impacted marine life.

The rising temperatures have caused water bodies to heat up which has had dire effects on fish stocks globally. It has impacted fish reproduction rates as certain fish species cannot survive in warm water. Salmon, catfish, and sturgeon fish populations are at greater risk.


Habitat Destruction

Habitat destruction is a direct result of human action. According to WWF, population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and tourism have resulted in marine and coastal degradation.

Setting up factories and dumping chemical waste in nearby rivers, lakes, and oceans have destroyed freshwater fish and ruined coral life with lead poisoning.

Moreover, the increased use of plastic has resulted in plastic waste material being dumped in oceans. This plastic littering has been the cause of death of marine mammals, fish, and reptiles.

Commercial Overfishing

Overfishing is a huge problem faced globally. Even with strict fishing laws introduced by the U.S. government and the EU, according to WWF, illegal fishing is a great threat to the safety of the fish.

It leaves them vulnerable to unsustainable fishing practices and loopholes in laws and regulations.

While billions of people rely on fish for protein and healthy diet, sustainable practices need to be adopted to conserve fish species for future generations.


Written by a passionate angler and an active member of our blogging community at Tag Cabo Sportfishing, this blog provides an in-depth view of the threats to recreational fishing.

The aim of this piece is to highlight the different threats to fish species and forewarn recreational fishers to be mindful about their fishing excursions.

While the blogger himself occasionally dabbles in sportfishing and likes to fish in the scenic waters of Cabo San Lucas, he hopes to instill sustainable fishing habits.

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