Cod, Atlantic – US Gillnet
Atlantic Cod are a species of groundfish that can live more than 20 years. They are found throughout the North Atlantic, and have been heavily fished for centuries driving some populations to historic low levels.
In the U.S. Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, the abundance of Atlantic Cod is low. Management measures are in force in both populations to increase population size.
Commercial fishermen use a variety of fishing gears to catch Atlantic Cod including gillnets. In 2007, the sink gillnet fishery landed around half of all Atlantic Cod in the northwest Atlantic. Gillnets result in little damage to the seafloor, but frequently catch marine mammals.