Last month, Atlantic bluefin tuna and conservationists scored a major victory when U.S. fishery managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued much needed new measures to protect Atlantic bluefin tuna from capture in surface longline fishing gear.
A couple of weeks ago, the situation for New England’s iconic Atlantic cod went from bad to dismal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the new assessment for Gulf of Maine cod shows that the already depleted population has declined to a mere 3-4% of a sustainable abundance level [which is likely less than 2% of its un-fished abundance]. This is down from previous cod abundance estimates in 2011 of 12-18% of a sustainable level. Scientists say that surveys of cod show abundance is at an all-time low. And scientists found very few young cod, another bad sign1.