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In 1992 outlaw fishing boats began illegally harvesting lobsters from the territorial waters of the country of Belukia. Soon after, the annual tonnage of lobster legally harvested in Belukian waters began declining; in 1996, despite there being no reduction in the level of legal lobster fishing activity, the local catch was 9,000 tons below pre-1992 levels. It is therefore highly likely that the outlaw fishing boats harvested about 9,000 tons of lobster illegally that year.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?

(A) The illegal lobster harvesting was not so extensive that the population of catchable lobsters in Belukia’s territorial waters had sharply declined by 1996.
(B) The average annual lobster catch, in tons, of an outlaw fishing boat has increased steadily since 1992.
(C) Outlaw fishing boats do not, as a group, harvest more lobsters than do licensed lobster-fishing boats.
(D) The annual legal lobster harvest in Belukia in 1996 was not significantly less than 9,000 tons.
(E) A significant proportion of Belukia’s operators of licensed lobster-fishing boats went out of business between 1992 and 1996.


the key to success on cr is ability to criticize the argument before going to answer choices.
the argument propose that because we loose 9000 ton, the illegal fishing catch this 9000 ton.
one of attack is that, the illegal fishing catch only 1000 ton and make many fish run away and these fish become not catchable.

go to answer choices after you prethink an attack. choice A matches

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in 1996, despite there being no reduction in the level of legal lobster fishing activity, the local catch was 9,000 tons below pre-1992 levels.


Can any one please help me clarify this? Is it supposed to be " despite there being no increase in the level of legal lobster fishing activity, the local catch was 9000 tons below pre-1992 levels" ?
i don't understand the quoted part above

The sentence is correct as is. Levels of LEGAL lobster fishing activity did not decrease. Even though legal fishing activity did not decrease, the actual amount of lobster caught legally (i.e. the output of that legal fishing activity) did decrease. So there was no decrease in the amount of lobster fishing activity (for example, the total number of hours spent fishing), but there WAS a decrease in the amount of lobster caught (the local catch in 1996 was 9,000 tons less than pre-1992 levels).

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