Species Collapse, North Atlantic Cod

1990sAtlantic Canada

"Centuries ago, the waters off Atlantic Canada were described as 'alive' with cod. For 500 years an estimated 100 million tones of cod were harvested, making Canada's abundant cod stocks famous around the world. Cod sustained a major fishery and was the mainstay of the economy in Atlantic Canada until its complete collapse from overfishing in the early 1990s."

"Oceans." WWF Canada. Web. 23 Mar. 2012. .

Image: "Cod and halibut," 1900-1930, Courtesy of The Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-01691 .