No Easy Answers to Maine Cod Decline

No Easy Answers to Maine Cod Decline
Cod/Image, NOAA

PressHerald.com: A regional fishery management council is preparing to take on the task of trying to reverse a nearly 99 percent decline in Maine’s cod fish catch that has stripped the state’s economy of more than $250 million over the past 22 years.

The Gulf of Maine cod population has continued to drop despite decades of catch restrictions, according to preliminary results of a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study. Exact causes are unknown, but they likely include warming of the oceans and continued overfishing, marine scientists said.

Read more about the severe decline of Maine’s cod industry.