New DFO northern cod assessment model shows stock out of critical zone

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has implemented a new assessment model for the 2J3KL northern cod stock, which reveals the stock has likely been out of the critical zone since 2016. The new model assesses the long-term productivity using tagging and landing data from the last 70 years. The old model used data beginning in 1983, but research scientist Paul Regular says the model has been expanded to pull on data from as far back as 1954. “A bunch of changes were accepted, and they helped us improve the understanding of the past trends in the stock, and also the relationship between adult cod and young cod,” Regular said Wednesday. >>click to read<< 19:11

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