Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey reported a 71 percent decline in Pacific cod abundance in the gulf of Alaska since 2015 and an 83 percent decline since 2013.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council announced an 80 percent reduction to the Gulf of Alaska cod quota for 2018. The City of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough have requested a fisheries disaster declaration to qualify for federal funding.
The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center will collect information about the habitat use, diet and energetics of juvenile cod. The Kodiak Daily Mirror said warmer temperatures have increased the metabolic rates of the young cod and their food sources have not supplied enough energy.
The stock decline might have been caused by a mass of warm water that appeared in the Pacific between 2014-2016.