Saving the Ocean
Cod Comeback?
In the rich fishing grounds of New England and Canada, it seemed as if cod would never run out — until they did. Fishing communities from Newfoundland to Massachusetts fell apart. Widespread closures in the 1990s aimed to let the cod recover, but it’s been a long wait. Carl Safina goes fishing to find some of the first signs that the famous codfish just might, indeed, be coming back.Biologists thought the closures would take the pressure off cod populations enough for their number to recover in just a few years. But it hasn't worked out that way. In some areas cod seem to be gone for good, in others a recovery may have started only recently, and in still others they're not doing well. What's going on? We take viewers from historic fishing schooner logbooks in the National Archives, to the eerily empty inshore waters of New England, and Carl Safina goes fishing to find some of the first signs that the famous codfish -- in some places at least -- just might, indeed, be coming back.
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