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With Cod Numbers at Historic Low, Petition Seeks Ban on Gulf of Maine Cod Fishing


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With Cod Numbers at Historic Low, Petition Seeks Ban on Gulf of Maine Cod Fishing

WASHINGTON - With numbers at the lowest levels ever recorded, environmental groups petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to end targeted fishing for Gulf of Maine cod. These once-plentiful fish have declined 90 percent since 1982, when monitoring began, and 77 percent in the past five years alone. Currently Gulf of Maine cod are at 3 percent to 4 percent of what a well-managed stock should be.

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