Atlantic Cod Scientists believe they have evidence global warming may hold a clue in the mystery of why, despite 20 years of increasingly harsh fishery regulations, cod hasn’t rebounded.

The species of zooplankton that is one of the preferred foods of larval cod simply can’t take the heat, according to a recent report by National Marine Fisheries Service scientists at Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole and published last week in the journal Progress in Oceanography.

Less food could mean fewer cod surviving to adulthood when they can be caught by local fishermen.

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