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New data on cod could have dire impact on industry

Vito Giacalone, a Gloucester fisherman, said the new data doesn’t match up with what he sees out on the water. Vito Giacalone, a Gloucester fisherman, said the new data doesn’t match up with what he sees out on the water. (Janet Knott/Globe Staff/file 2003)
By Jay Lindsay
Associated Press / November 26, 2011
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A new look at the health of one of New England’s most storied fish stocks is troubling the industry, with some saying the findings have got to be wrong. Just three years ago, a federal study showed the Gulf of Maine cod was healthy and headed toward recovery. Now preliminary data suggest the valuable species is in dismal shape and won’t rebuild in the time set by federal law. In a worst-case scenario, that could mean a broad fishery shutdown to protect the cod. But that step would be drastic and a long ways away.

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