Recreational Discard of Cod in the Gulf of Maine May be Depleting Stocks

Atlantic cod. (Image: NOAA)

Research in the Journal of Marine Science estimates that “the recreational contribution to the total catch of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Gulf of Maine (GOM) has increased with recreational discards outnumbering recreational landings by 2:1. However, the discard mortality (DM) rate of cod released in the recreational fishery remains poorly understood, thus contributing to the uncertainty in stock assessments and fishery management plans.”

Read more in the paper, “Estimating and mitigating the discard mortality of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Gulf of Maine recreational rod-and-reel fishery“, at the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Journal of Marine Science.

Citation: ICES Journal of Marine Science, Volume 73, Issue 9, 1 September 2016, Pages 2342–2355,

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