Cod stock news out of New England this week is eerily similar to the collapse of the northern cod stocks in the late 1980s and 1990s that gutted Canada’s East Coast coastal communities and changed the face of the fishery in this province.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. this week responded to low cod biomass estimates by announcing emergency measures, including the closure of the cod fishery in parts of the Gulf of Maine and the implementation of a number of restrictions in the fishery.


It’s the worst crisis the cod fishery in that area has experienced in 40 years.


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