NOAA: Overfished Cod not on Target to Rebuild by 2024

Cod stocks in the area remain overfished and are not on target to be rebuilt by 2024, according to new federal data.

In its latest stock status for the Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod, NOAA Fisheries reported that “overfishing is occurring” among an already-depleted population.

The status is unchanged from NOAA’s 2017 assessment.

“The Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod shows a truncated size and age structure, consistent with a population experiencing high mortality,” researchers wrote in a 208-page report released Wednesday.

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