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Cod captures register strong decline off New England

UNITED STATES
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 03:10 (GMT + 9)

Since a while ago, the United States has been forced to import cod from Norway, Russia or Iceland in the north Atlantic due to the decline of the fishery in New England, where the federal government has reduced capture quotas. State records say 2016 was historically bad for cod fishing in Maine as fishermen brought less than 170,000 pounds of the fish to land in the state last year, Associated Press reported. Cod landings have also fallen in Massachusetts, changing from nearly 100 million pounds (45.3 million) in 1980 to less than 3 million pounds (1.36 million kg) in 2015. In New Hampshire, cod capture fell from 2 million pounds (90,718 kilograms) in 1997 to 44,701 pounds (20,276 kilograms) in 2015. Rhode Island's total dropped from 474,908 pounds (215,414 kilograms) to 138,891 pounds (63,000 kilograms) from 1997 to 2015. Experts in the sector consider that the captu... FULL STORY

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