The Gloucester Times reports that a peer review panel has validated the recent stock assessment of Gulf of Maine cod, which found that the stock is overfished and subject to continued overfishing.
The assessment, which reversed the optimistic report from a benchmark 2008 assessment, indicates that the rebuilding deadline of 2014 could not be met even if the fishery was completely shut down.
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Tom Richardson is the co-director and host of BoatingLocal. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.