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Building a Shared Vision of Atlantic Cod Population Structure and New England Fisheries

Symposium attendees will be presented with preliminary findings of a one-year interdisciplinary review of Atlantic cod stock structure and have an opportunity to provide feedback on how these new findings relate to on-the-water experience and observations. The symposium results will contribute information to the final report by the Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Working Group, which is focused on re-evaluating cod stock structure in U.S. waters. The symposium webpage can be found here.


  • Present the preliminary conclusions about cod stock structure from the perspective of six disciplines:
  1. Spawning and early life
  2. Genetic markers
  3. Basic life history – abundance, growth, maturity
  4. External or internal ‘natural’ markers, shape, or coloration
  5. Applied markers – both conventional and technology tags
  6. Fisherman’s ecological knowledge
  • Capture insight and feedback from fishermen on what is being observed on the water to incorporate into the developing model by researchers
  • Compare status quo and alternatives regarding biologically supported stock structure of cod in U.S. waters to further identify areas of common ground in the understanding of cod population structure and areas of remaining uncertainty
  • Outline further steps forward for the working group and its products

Steering Committee

  • Jamie Cournane – New England Fishery Management Council
  • Steve Cadrin – University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Erik Chapman – NH Sea Grant/University of New Hampshire
  • Adrienne Kovach – University of New Hampshire
  • Richard McBride & Michele Traver – NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Kent Smedbol – Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Laura Taylor Singer – Facilitator


The symposium is open to recreational and commercial fishermen and other interested parties at no charge, but registration is required. Visit the symposium information page for more information and to register.

Travel and Lodging

Travel support is available for industry members. Contact Michelle Lemos at (603) 862-6700, for details.

Support for this program was provided by the New England Fishery Management Council under its Cooperative Agreement with NOAA Fisheries Award #NA10NMF4410007.