DFO to start $2 million assessments on Northern cod stock

Stock in 'critical zone' and needs more focused attention, said agency.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) said Wednesday it will start a full scientific stock assessment for Northern cod in winter 2018 and continuing for the next five years.

Each assessment will cost CAD 2.75 million ($2 million/€1.9 million). The DFO said while fisheries managers study ocean ecosystems in general, more focus will be placed on Northern cod.

"Northern cod stocks have been increasing since the mid-2000s. While this trend continued in 2016, the stocks still remain in the lower half of the critical zone," DFO said.

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