New England’s cod population has been poorly managed and overfished for decades. While cod can still recover, the journey to a healthy population begins with good data.
Sustainable management of cod requires knowing how many fish are caught at sea – including those thrown overboard. Right now, our regional fishery managers have the opportunity to collect more accurate data by improving the monitoring program that verifies what’s caught in New England’s groundfish fishery. This management action is called Amendment 23.
By monitoring all New England groundfish trips, managers and scientists will have the data they need to help put cod on a path to recovery.
Let Tom Nies, the Executive Director of our regional fishery management council, know that you support Amendment 23 and a healthy future for Atlantic cod.