US Atlantic Cod Fisheries Collapse

Over on the REConHub, I link to a New York Times story on the US Atlantic cod fisheries. I contrast the story to the situation on the other side of the Atlantic, where the Barents Sea cod is at historic high levels.

An aspect of the NYT-story I did not mention earlier is how large a say the fishermen seem to have in the management council decision, and the amount of tensions in the council meeting.

“Right now what we’ve got is a plan that guarantees the fishermen’s extinction and does nothing to ameliorate it,” David Goethel, a New Hampshire-based fisherman and biologist, said as he cast his vote against the plan.

There seems to be large differences between the US and Europe in how fishermen participate in the management process. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about it.



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