Atlantic cod were once phenomenally abundant in the shallow waters off the coast of New England and the Maritime Provinces of eastern Canada. In fact, it has been said that this fishery alone fed the early European colonists to North America for the first century or more they were here. In the last half-century, however, the Atlantic cod fishery has almost completely collapsed. This decline has been due to __________.

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    acid rain causing the marine food web to collapse
    overpopulation exceeding the carrying capacity of the system for the cod, causing massive starvation
    the death of eggs and fry as the ozone hole has increased UV damage
    overfishing taking far more fish than could be replaced by normal reproduction
    global warming

asked May 30, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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overfishing taking far more fish than could be replaced by normal reproduction
answered May 31, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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