Cod, Atlantic – U.S., Handline
Atlantic Cod are a species of groundfish that can live more than 20 years. They are found throughout the North Atlantic, and have been heavily fished for centuries driving some populations to historic low levels.
In the U.S. Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, the abundance of Atlantic Cod is low and overfishing continues to occur, despite improved management efforts in recent years. Recovery is expected to be slow for Atlantic Cod populations.
Fishermen use a variety of fishing gears to catch Atlantic Cod. The handline fishery has a low impact on non-target species and the habitat. All other U.S. Atlantic Cod fisheries are rated red.