Atlantic Canada’s Growing Cod Population Fosters Hope


HALIFAX — Following decades of government-imposed bans on cod fishing, a new Canadian study shows Nova Scotia’s ecosystem is now supporting cod recovery.

When the Atlantic cod population collapsed 20 years ago it was devastating to the East Coast fishing industry, but researchers from Queen’s University and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia have given reason for hope.

“We conclude that the reversibility of perturbed ecosystems can occur and that this bodes well for other collapsed fisheries,” reads the study, according to The Globe and Mail.

The study’s findings, which were published in Nature journal, are promising, but, according to a Vancouver Sun report, study researchers contend that the recovery is still in its infancy.

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