The researchers recommend an overall cutback in fishing, because it is impossible to completely protect cod: when trawlers go after other bottom- dwelling fish such as haddock and whiting, they will inevitably catch cod.
The Canadian collapse forced a complete ban on cod fishing off its east coast in 1992. It could take up to 15 years for the stocks to recover. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
(ICES), which advises fishery managers on stocks in the Atlantic, has recommended that North Sea trawler fleets immediately cut back their cod harvests by 20 to 30 percent to allow populations to recover. But this has not happened. Charles ArthurReuse content