Small Rebound For Newfoundland’s Northern Cod, But Stock Still In Critical Zone

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—The precious northern cod population off eastern Newfoundland and Labrador has increased slightly, but fisheries officials say they are still concerned about the critical state of the stock.

A federal report released Tuesday said northern cod’s spawning stock biomass — fish that can reproduce — was higher than predicted last year, representing a four-per-cent bump from 2018.

The stock is currently assessed at 48 per cent of the limit reference point, meaning it is about halfway out of the fisheries department’s “critical” zone.

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