Southern N.S. Groundfish Stocks Healthy, Except Cod and Cusk
While the lobster fishery is king, the groundfish fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is nothing to sneeze at.
This fishery is worth more than $55 million in landed value for 2016/17 for fishing areas 4VXW and Georges Bank and has solid stock statuses for primary target species such as halibut, haddock, silver hake, winter flounder and redfish.
“Halibut is the one that’s just going up and up and up,” said federal fisheries survey biologist Donald Clark in an interview.
Little-Known Cusk Might Have Adverse Impact if Placed on Endangered List
The majority of local fish consumers have never seen cusk in the seafood section of local grocery stores.
But if the little-known fish is placed on an endangered species list and Ottawa approves the move, it could have far-reaching effects on the fisheries in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, especially the lobster fishery.
A cusk sort of resembles a big eel and prefers deep water on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It eats crustaceans and other soft-bodied invertebrates and molluscs. ...