Three decades of increasing temperature were expected to cause cod stocks to decline in the North Sea and Gulf of Maine, but they increased in the North Sea and declined in the Gulf of Maine. These trends are due to changes in fishing pressure rather than climate change.
This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution
Open Access articles citing this article.
Communications Biology Open Access 09 November 2022
Subscribe to Nature+
Get immediate online access to Nature and 55 other Nature journal
Subscribe to Journal
Get full journal access for 1 year
only $9.92 per issue
All prices are NET prices.
VAT will be added later in the checkout.
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.
Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.
All prices are NET prices.
Pershing, A. J. et al. Science 350, 809–812 (2015).
Lavelle, M. Collapse of New England’s iconic cod tied to climate change. Science https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aad4793 (29 October 2015).
Carrington, D. Sustainable British cod on the menu after stocks recover. The Guardian (19 July 2017); https://go.nature.com/2IWieB2
Larsen, K. M. H., Gonzalez-Pola, C., Fratantoni, P., Beszczynska-Möller, A. & Hughes, S. L. ICES Report on Ocean Climate 2015 ICES Cooperative Research Report No. 331 (ICES, 2016).
Wang, H. et al. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 514, 217–229 (2014).
Brander, K. M. et al. in North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment (eds Quante, M. & Colijn, F.) 241–274 (Springer Nature, 2016).
Palmer, M. 2014 Assessment Update Report of the Gulf of Maine Atlantic Cod Stock (US Department of Commerce Northeast Fisheries Center, 2014); www.nefsc.noaa.gov/publications/crd/crd1414/crd1414.pdf
ICES CM 2017/ACOM:21 WGNSSK Report 2017 (ICES, 2017); https://go.nature.com/2Iy5wci
Palmer, M., Deroba, J. J., Legault, C. M. & Brooks, E. M. Science 352, 423 (2016).
Swain, D. P., Benoît, H. P., Cox, S. P. & Cadigan, N. G. Science 352, 423 (2016).
Pershing, A. J. et al. Science 352, 423 (2016).
ICES Advice 2014: Cod in Subareas I and II (Northeast Arctic Cod) (ICES, 2014); https://go.nature.com/2Lh5ovu
Thanks to sustainable fisheries Iceland’s cod stock now larger than at any time since 1985. Iceland Magazine (19 April 2017); https://go.nature.com/2s0wCh4
Lindegren, M. et al. Proc. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci. 277, 2121–2130 (2010).
Le Bris, A. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 115, 1831–1836 (2018).
Drinkwater, K. F. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 62, 1327–1337 (2005).
IPCC Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis (eds Houghton, J. T. et al.) (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001).
Planque, B. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 73, 204–208 (2016).
About this article
Cite this article
Brander, K.M. Climate change not to blame for cod population decline. Nat Sustain 1, 262–264 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0081-5
This article is cited by
Communications Biology (2022)