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Fishery Regulators Call For Emergency Measures to Help Cod

Oct 2, 2014

Portland Press Herald: Last year, the New England Fishery Management Council approved a 77 percent reduction in the catch limit for cod in the Gulf of Maine.

But fishing stocks are so low – and so young – that quotas might not be enough, said Graham Sherwood, a research scientist with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

“When we set quotas, we make assumptions about how productive the existing population is going to be, and how much reproduction we can get out of the existing spawning stock,” he said. “Now we’re at such low levels that a lot of the assumptions go out the window.”