Saving New England Fisheries

About This Episode


Over the centuries, New England's ocean waters sustained life, built an economy, and created an iconic culture. The Gulf of Maine was once so rich with Atlantic cod that the explorer John Smith reported he simply lowered baskets weighted with rocks into the sea and raised them loaded with fish. But much has changed since then. Today, regional fisheries and everything connected to the industry are threatened.

Saving New England Fisheries traces the history of groundfishing in the region, and shows parallels between coastal New England and Newfoundland where cod stocks appear to be on the rebound. Scientists, government officials, and fishermen from southern Massachusetts to northern Maine talk about the difficulties fisheries face, and how they are working to keep the industry alive by mapping out plans for its sustainable future.