Fishermen, Managers Discuss Dismal Cod Assessment
December 12, 2011
TheDay.com: Fishermen, scientists and rulemakers gathered Friday [December 9] in New Hampshire to discuss an unexpectedly dire assessment of the health of Gulf of Maine cod and seek ways the fishing industry can weather it.
The new report is a reversal of a 2008 study that indicated cod was strong and getting stronger after years of struggle and tight fishing restrictions. But the preliminary new data suggests cod is, in fact, heavily overfished and won’t rebuild by the 2014 deadline set by federal law, even if fishermen were stopped from catching a single cod.