Elisabeth Torres, Global Animal

Twenty years ago the cod industry was shut down in many places due to overfishing, and scientists are now seeing the first signs of the population returning. The rise in water temperatures in some northern areas is helping the longevity of the fish. 

Atlantic cod. Photo Credit: the guardian.co.uk

George Rose, a cod expert, told Discovery News: “Biologically, ecologically we’re seeing a major shift back to a system that will eventually become dominated by capelin (a staple of the cod diet) and cod. … I think we are seeing the beginnings of a recovery now.”

While the northern cod population is still 90% below what is was in 1980, the first signs of a recovery for the species is hopeful!

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