Tag Archives: Gulf of Maine cod fishery

Scientists: Warming ocean factor in collapse of Gulf of Maine cod fishery

cod-fish-852The scientists behind the Science report say the warming of the Gulf of Maine, which accelerated from 2004 to 2013, reduced cod’s capacity to rebound from fishing pressure. The report gives credence to the idea — supported by advocacy groups, fishing managers and even some fishermen — that climate change has played a role in cod’s collapse. The lead author of the study, Andrew Pershing of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, said the gulf is warming at a rate 99 percent faster than anywhere else in the world, and as a result, too many of the fish aren’t living past age 4. Cod can live to be older than 20. Read the rest here 07:58

PUTNAM: Harder to catch fish, bring home the bacon in New England

You don’t have to be an economist to see that the fishing industry is a big deal, particularly in New England. The actions of NMFS and NOAA are going to create a significant negative financial impact to our local fishermen, but many other businesses that support and finance the fishing industry. If you feel it is harder to put food on the table or a dollar in your savings account, what is happening in the ubiquitous fishing industry is worthy of your attention. Read the rest here

Your View: Cod report has no scientific value, by Richard Canastra –

The Gulf of Maine cod fishery faces some big-ticket problems. Warming waters, concerns of overfishing, an economic disaster and stock assessment controversy all threaten this essential coastal industry. The common thread between these varied issues, however, is a troubling pattern of distrust. That pattern continues, unfortunately, with this latest assessment update of Gulf of Maine cod. The process by which the assessment was conducted, and in turn its results, speak to fishermen’s valid concerns for a serious need for greater transparency and cooperation in fisheries management. Read the rest here 09:21