Dramatic Cod Decline Bodes Ill for Fishermen
by Laurie Schreiber
Preliminary results from the latest Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment indicated the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring, according to information recently released by the Northeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
NMFS said the finding likely means that “Gulf of Maine cod will have a very low annual allowable catch that will significantly reduce the catches of other groundfish species in areas where Gulf of Maine cod are found. Additional measures may be required to protect Gulf of Maine cod, and some measures slated for elimination may need to stay—particularly access to areas currently closed to groundfishing.”