Last month, this Blog posted a well-received article contrasting the healthy and profitable cod fishery north of Scandinavia to the dwindling and depleted stock in New England. 

On Monday of this week, in an emergency action, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) announced what many are calling its most drastic cod-related policy ever: the Gulf of Maine will be closed for cod fishing, commercial or recreational, for the next six months—at least. 

NOAA’s ban is in reaction to reports that fish populations have plummeted steeply while spawning rates have also failed to rebound. Many in the fishing industry dispute both NOAA’s management measures and its accounting science. This disagreement will undoubtedly continue beyond the six month moratorium.