Cod, Atlantic – US jig
Atlantic Cod live on the seafloor and can grow to 5 ft in length and over 70 lbs in weight. They are found throughout the North Atlantic, and have been heavily fished for centuries driving some populations to historic low levels.
In the US, the Gulf of Maine population has begun to recover but the Georges Bank population remains at very low levels. Management measures are in force in both populations to increase population size.
Commercial fishermen use a variety of fishing gears to catch Atlantic Cod ranging from bottom trawls to jigs. Jigging involves jerking a line with unbaited hooks, and causes little damage to the seafloor and results in low levels of bycatch. Jigging is a more sustainable method of catching Atlantic Cod than bottom trawling.