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Conclusions

 When combined with the results of other cod tagging programs in the region, the following conclusions can be drawn:

  1. The connection between Cape Cod fish (5Z) and the Inshore GOM stocks (5Y) appears to be unquestionable - Inshore GOM fish appear relatively resident to the area, with additional recruitment of younger fish from waters around Cape Cod.
  2. Georges Bank fish are a largely self-sustaining offshore population that mixes with the Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy fish.
  3. The Bay of Fundy retains a good portion of its cod, but mixing with the offshore banks (Georges Bank and Browns Bank) is also evident.
  4. From recent movement studies, little can be said about cod in the Mid-Atlantic Bight and more southern waters.

 


Map: Cod movement in the Gulf of Maine