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# Q11: In 1992 outlaw fishing boats began illegally harvesting

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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.
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15 Jul 2007, 09:07
I would say that A is correct.
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15 Jul 2007, 09:40
I go for A
the population should stay the same from 1992 to now in order to maintain the conclsuion that 9000 was illegally harvested.
if total population decreased since 1996 due to extensive illegal activities, then 9000 tons possibly can't be charged to the illegal activities
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15 Jul 2007, 10:19
That's correct.
It should be A.

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15 Jul 2007, 10:22
Straight B.

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16 Jul 2007, 14:07
Interesting..Waht's OA
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16 Jul 2007, 19:50
I'm going to go with B here.
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16 Jul 2007, 21:54
I'm down to A or B
I like the explanation for A, but I don't see why that's better than B. If the writer is trying to pin the blame on the poachers, the "not so extensive" part in A almost tones the argument down a bit. The fact that the outlaw catch had increased steadily since '92 seems to support the claim for the decline in legal catches during that time.
What's OA?
Any other explanations out there?
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16 Jul 2007, 22:22
A sounds very counter to the possible assumption. When the stem concludes that poachers are responsible for declining trend how come A be the answer. Stem says Legal fishing has been constant and the only possibilty for SHARP decline as stated is that Poachers are fishing by several bounds. So A's usage of "not extensive" is very counter-intuitive.

I go for B
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16 Jul 2007, 23:08
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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.

The statement here states that the population of lobsters in '96, is comparable with that in pre 1992 so that the 9000 missing from the legal catch are attributable to illegal catch! Also it says that there was no reduction in legal activity! There fore the only assumption is that the catch by illegal activity has steadily increased! This would resolve why legal activity is still very active but has to contend with a lesser bounty.

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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.

B it is.
16 Jul 2007, 23:08
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