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Alaska Fish Factor: Researchers hopeful cod fish stock recovering


August 16, 2018

Photo courtesy of Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Here are NOAA Fisheries biologists Chris Magel (left) and Paul Iseri (right) proudly showing off a their catch of age-0 Pacific cod at a Kodiak site covered in dense kelp.

Tiny cod fish are reappearing around Kodiak.

Researchers aim to find out if it is a blip, or a sign that the stock is recovering after warming waters caused the stocks to crash.

Alaska's seafood industry was shocked last fall when the annual surveys showed cod stocks in the Gulf of Alaska had plummeted by 80 percent to the lowest levels ever seen. Prior surveys indicated large year classes of cod starting in 2012 were expected to produce good fishing for six or more years. But a so called "warm blob" of water depleted food supplies and wiped out that recruitment.

"That warm water was sitt...

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