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Northeast Regional Cod Tagging Program

The Northeast Regional Cod Tagging Program (NRCTP) represented a significant example of international collaborative research, involving more than 250 commercial and recreational fishermen and more than 25 scientists from Nova Scotia to Cape Cod. The project was coordinated by GMRI and resulted in more than 114,000 Atlantic cod being tagged and released between January 2003 and July 2005. Of those released more than 6700 were returned to the researchers through 2011.

The aims of the program were to improve the understanding of cod movements in the Gulf of Maine and neighboring southern New England and Canadian waters; obtain updated growth information; and identify and develop testable hypotheses for future research on such issues as stock structure and stock boundaries.