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A Scene from Newfoundland

2013 March 14

Today’s photo brings us to the heart of a hard lesson. When the collapse of the Atlantic Cod population was noticed in the 1990s, the Canadian Federal Government placed a moratorium on fishing of the species.

Cod populations were estimated to be at a startling 1% of their original numbers in North Atlantic waters. The U.S. has been trying quotas with targets and timelines. Since then, there have been additional drops in the estimated population. NOAA cut fishing allocations even further, as recently as last year.

The economic importance of the cod fishing industry was never a question, but the future of the species still is.

Cod Nets Broom Point, Gros Morne NP, Newfoundland, July 27, 2012 by Dan Conlin.

Cod Nets, Broom Point, Gros Morne NP, Newfoundland, July 27, 2012 by Dan Conlin.

We thank Dan Conlin for this view of one of our current environmental challenges, just as we’ll show your view of our successes; large or small. State of the Environment is about your view of our lives and environment today.

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    March 14, 2013

    this picture make my inspiration blow up from my head, in my country we have alot off fisherman with that net, I will make that picture and share with you on my website photography ideas

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