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Gulf of Maine Fishermen Face 6-Month Cod Ban

Nov 10, 2014

Boston Globe: In an effort to halt dramatic declines in the cod population, federal officials overseeing the fishing industry on Monday announced unprecedented measures that effectively ban all commercial fishing of the region’s iconic species in the Gulf of Maine.

In August, NOAA announced that an assessment of the cod fishery over the summer found the cod population had plummeted more steeply than previously thought. 

It is unclear what has caused cod to vanish from local waters, but some have blamed overfishing and climate change. A study this year by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute found that the Gulf of Maine is warming at a rate faster than 99 percent of the world’s other oceans.