Cod, Atlantic – US & Canada, bottom trawl
Decades of overfishing have driven Atlantic Cod populations in the U.S. and Canada to historic low levels. While some populations have shown signs of recovery in recent years, the overall recovery of Atlantic Cod has been variable and unstable. While management efforts in the U.S. and Canada have improved in recent years, recovery is still expected to be slow for Atlantic Cod populations.
The main fishing method for Atlantic Cod is bottom trawling, which causes substantial damage to bottom habitats. Bycatch levels range greatly between fishing regions, with recent changes in management policy aiming to reduce the amount of bycatch.