This project features a unique collaboration of experts on Atlantic cod stock structure and the commercial fishery, including research scientists at multiple institutions:
One of the exciting parts of this project is that we get out on the water with our project team. To understand these unique groups of fish, we need to collect cod while they are preparing to spawn to ensure they are indeed winter or spring spawners. This is where working with a fisherman is essential. We asked Captain Goethel to put us on spawning cod and he excelled at that in our first tow. In a single tow, we caught all of the male and female spawning cod that we needed to sample from the winter spawning group. While we can’t draw conclusions about stock status from a single tow, it is exciting to see an aggregation of spawning cod on Jeffrey’s Ledge, and we are hopeful that this is a positive sign for the population and future recruitment.