Could the Southern Gulf Cod Be Extinct by 2050?
DFO Scientists Point Finger at Grey Seal Predation as a Major Cause
The plight of the Atlantic cod has been in the headlines for decades in this region, with most of the attention focused on the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland.
But a new study has highlighted the cod stock in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the news is not promising.
A recent report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that the outlook for this particular cod stock remains grim.
‘High probability’ Atlantic Cod Could be Extinct in Southern Gulf by Mid-Century
It appears the days for the Atlantic cod stock in the
southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (SGSL) could be numbered, with the species being
eaten into extinction by grey seals.
“Based on current grey seal abundance and Atlantic cod
productivity, our projections indicate that there is a high probability that
Atlantic cod will be locally extinct in the SGSL by mid-century, even in the
absence of fishing,” concludes the study, Continued decline of a collapsed
population of Atlantic cod due to ...