Opinion: Putting the Cod Back in Cape Cod

Publication: The New York TImes Dot Earth Blog

Author: Andrew C. Revkin


08/10/2011 - I love fishing, which was one of the ways, growing up in Rhode Island, that I developed my broader passion for the wider living world outside of the human-built one. As a kid paddling around in a dinghy, I could “feel” the otherwise invisible seabed by bouncing my weighted hand line off the bottom. While waiting for a bite fishing for mackerel from a floating dock, I’d stick my head down close to the water and peer at the fascinating assemblage of small shrimp, sea squirts and other creatures growing on the immersed wood and floats.

I only went offshore on a cod-fishing party boat once, and still recall the forest of bent rods and piles of round-bellied fish in the bins. It had the feel of a binge, and it was. That’s why this short film on the once and future New England cod fishery, produced by the Pew Environment Group, hits home:



Read the full blog post, Putting the Cod Back in Cape Cod, on The New York Times' Web site.

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