Warming waters a major factor in the collapse of New England cod

Today, cod stocks are on the verge of collapse, hovering at 3-4 percent of sustainable levels. Even cuts to the fishery have failed to slow this rapid decline, surprising both fishermen and fisheries managers. For the first time, a new report in Science explains why. It shows that rapid warming of Gulf of Maine waters — 99 percent faster than anywhere else on the planet – reduced the capacity of cod to rebound from fishing, leading to collapse. —> Read More