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North Sea Sees Recovery of Cod Stocks

GENERAL - Cod stocks in the North Sea are showing encouraging signs of a "rapid" recovery after being on the brink of extinction.

According to the Telegraph, new figures from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (Ices) show that the number of adult fish in the North Sea is expected to increase by 42 per cent this year, the largest rise in almost 30 years.

Significantly, the quantity of fish capable of reproducing is this year expected to exceed 70,000 tons – the number set by scientists to mark the lowest level possible to ensure the species' long term survival, reports the newspaper.

It is the first time in a decade that the stock has risen above this milestone.

The recovery is likely to lead to further calls from British fishermen to increase the quota of cod they are permitted to catch.

the Fish Site Editor

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