Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Mark Kurlansky
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Part I - A Fish Tale

• Gadus morhua, or cod, has been an important commercial fish for about six hundred years.

• As early as 1620, cod fishing was the center of international conflict as various nations attempted to monopolize rich fishing grounds.

• Cod's prolific reproductive rates have been seen for hundreds of years as a guarantee that the species would never be negatively impacted by human activity.

• Today, cod is a depleted fishery and rapidly is becoming increasingly scarce.
• Sam Lee, Leonard Stack, Bernard Chafe, and the author board a fishing skiff in Newfoundland.

• The skiff is one of two fishing skiffs participating in Newfoundland's Sentinel Fishery. * The Sentinel Fishery seeks to monitor local cod populations for size and numbers during a ban on cod fishing.

• The men use handline fishing techniques to catch several dozen cod and each fish is measured, tagged, and logged before it is released...

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