Fishery collapse: it really can happen…

For centuries, fishermen in the North West Atlantic, off Newfoundland, relied on the seemingly plentiful cod stocks for their livelihoods. But in 1992, after decades of overfishing using trawlers, the cod disappeared, leaving 10,000 fishermen without jobs overnight. Today, the cod have still not recovered, and scientists believe that the ecosystem has been damaged to the point where they may never return in high enough numbers to sustain an industry.

(c) C. Gomersall-Wildlife

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