The Winding Glass: Lack of Cod killing Alaskan Communities, as State and Council Punt on any Relief
The rubber has hit the road as far as global warming in Alaska is concerned. Cod, one of the state’s major and iconic fisheries, has collapsed to such an extent that directed fishing is banned in the Gulf of Alaska.
Think of no salmon returns to Bristol Bay. Or a shutdown of pollock for the A season in the Bering sea. This is the kind of seismic impact the changes in climate have wrought with cod.
There will be cod from Alaska this year. 2021 is the first year since 1983 that harvest will fall below 100,000 tons in the Bering Sea.
In the Gulf, the situation is worse. There, persistent warm water temperatures have killed off cod recruitment, according to NOAA.
Cod is the vital economic component of the 8 fish plants in Kodiak, of the two plants in False Pass, and of course the plant in Adak,...Full Story »