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N.S. cod quota cut in half as species struggles – Surveys show fish dying before reaching age five or six

cod-fish-852Scientists found this year’s catch brought in fewer younger fish. “If they do grow, they hit age four or five and they seem to disappear,” Leslie said. “In our surveys at age five or six, they are practically non-existent.” Scientists don’t understand what’s happening to the fish. Haddock and cod are managed in the same way, but cod remains in trouble while haddock booms. “The assumptions we had to make several years ago about what level of fishing would allow [us] to rebuild didn’t pay out. Fishing mortality remained high. The stock didn’t rebound,” Leslie said. Read the rest here 17:32