Canada's Fish Stock May Not Bounce Back!

by NGillam77 on November 6, 2015 - 9:16pm

Aly Thomson, Canadian Press contributor, in her article "Canada Overfishing: Cod Stock, Other Species May Never Bounce Back, Study Says", summarized a study that states that the cod population, along with other Canadian fish species, haven't been able to reproduce and grow their numbers or to even keep a steady population due to overfishing. Thomson also explained that fish species usually have a normal, periodic population growth and decline cycles but the cod population hasn't reached its norm level in over twenty years which is a very scary thing to think about. "Our study really suggests that recovery is quite unlikely now for cod because of our failure to act when we could have" said a scientist about the study after stating that in the past fifty years, cod populations have declined 97% off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador; more scary facts.

I'm not sure if Canada's fish populations will ever be able to bounce back to their healthy breeding numbers but with new UN regulations coming in about yellowfin fishing, maybe Cnadian cod will be just around the corner for its own regulation. This is the hope anyways.

Thomson, Aly. "Canada Overfishing: Cod Stock, Other Species May Never Bounce Back, Study Says." Copyright 2015, Inc., 18 June 2013. Web. 6 Nov. 2015.

Nicholas Gillam


I think that we really need to stop blaming ourselves and the past and start to look forward. We have a gazillion of problems to solve and if we stay fixed on something that has already been done, we won't go anywhere. We should stop talking about it and act a little more on the subject. As your article says, the cod population is almost gone on the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador unless some marvellously performing technology is invented. Let's hope that the Paris conference on climate change will come up with amazing ideas to save our planet that is slowly dying.

Hello, your article summary caught my eye because it is talking not about any country but our country which is directly related to our society and so it is up to not someone else but also you and me to act accordingly and to help the populations of Cod to grow back. We are talking about a lot of jobs lost and major economic impacts so it is primordial for the Canadian population to start acting, something that will be hopefully much easier now that Justin Trudeau replaced Stephen Harper that simply ignored anything related to environmental issues and led to Canada being ranked last when we talk about environmental protection. From ways that could help bring back the population of cod back, there is one that isn't probably used enough which is artificial growing of fish which could help improve the situation a little better but it is up to the society to act accordingly and make a communal decision if we want change to be done.

Great reflection.
It was of no surprise after numerous fishery lectures that Canadian Fish Stocks are declining at an alarming rate with an emphasis on cod being overexploited. Although the article explained that fish stocks are prone to periodic growth and decline, the norm not being met in over 20 years should be sufficient evidence to make this a crucial environmental concern to all of its readers.

This environmental issue is a concern to an array of ecological, economic and socio-cultural sectors prominently in Canada. There are numerous fishermen that reside primarily on the East Coast who depend on fish stocks for a living, and are majorly affected by the decline. Furthermore, this decline affects you and me as well. Cod is a popular consumed protein that is recognized for its mild, dense flaky white flesh.

I appreciate your acknowledgment of whether fish populations will ever be able to bounce back to their healthy breeding numbers. I strongly believe the UN regulations on yellowfin fishing are a step in the right direction to mitigate this issue. This is incredibly concerning if these studies prove that there is a decline in fish stocks and therefore a strong management regime is required for efficient administration. Although the UN setting stricter regulation is important, I believe the appropriate education programs in schools and the appropriate media attention is crucial in giving the appropriate awareness to the public. This could in turn discourage the public from enhancing the fishery decline.

Hey, your summary really interested me as we have spoken about overfishing of cod in the atlantic in class and it's quite scary to think about. Despite the unsteady population of atlantic cod due to the overfishing from decades ago i believe that there is a possibility of them making a comeback in terms of population. Experts and scientists are highly credible people, however, this does not necessarily mean that the atlantic cod won't make a comeback in the future. It is highly doubtful that they will return to the population they once were at decades ago for a while, but, maybe in 50 years from now if we sustain efforts to not overfish we may see the cod population grow. I like to believe that it is never too late to change things around, thus perhaps certain regulations are put in place and marine life will be revitalized sooner rather than later.