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Scientists Say Cod Still Overfished By Steven A. Rosenberg
A preliminary assessment that cod are still being overfished could
lead to further tightening of federal regulations on a fish that has
been associated with the region for more than 400 years.
week, a group of scientists met at Woods Hole and backed the preliminary
analysis of the area’s cod stock prepared by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, which oversees fishing in federal waters.
The analysis, released last month, asserted that even if all fishing of
Gulf of Maine cod was prohibited, it would be unlikely that the stock
would be rebuilt by 2018, some four years after NOAA had expected cod to
rebound to healthy amounts.
The analysis contrasts with a 2008 NOAA report that showed cod stock
on the rebound. But the new report suggests that the previous assessment
may have overestimated the amount of cod in the sea by nearly 300
percent. NOAA conducts its research with ocean trawlers, uses academic
scientists to study fishing stocks, and incorporates statistical reports
of fish landings submitted by fishermen and seafood dealers into its
In recent weeks, fishermen have called for the government
to review its latest findings and said any new regulations could have a
devastating impact on the local fishing industry.
“We stand to
lose everything and it’s not fair. Their calculations are incorrect and
we need some help to get it changed,’’ said Dennis Robillard, a
Gloucester fisherman who estimated that cod constitute 90 percent of his
annual catch. “We’re seeing cod in places that we don’t normally see
them. They seem to be, for all intents and purposes, everywhere we
“The preliminary stock assessment is troubling and could
have a disastrous effect on our local fishermen,’’ US Representative
John Tierney, a Salem Democrat, said in a prepared statement. Tierney,
who has called for the Department of Commerce to provide disaster
assistance to the fishing community, also questioned the assessment’s
findings. “It underscores the continuing need for better data and
science upon which to make such important decisions.’’
to NOAA spokeswoman Teri Frady, the latest cod assessment is more robust
than the 2008 study, and corrects a previously accepted finding that
there was an abundant amount of cod born in 2005. The new assessment
also includes more data on both commercial and recreational discards
that were not available 2008, and includes improved biological data
about fish growth, according to Frady.
While the final assessment
is set to be released next month, discussions have already begun between
members of the fishing industry and federal regulators on how to keep
the battered groundfish industry alive. From articles.boston.com/