Kavitha George, Alaska's Energy Desk - Kodiak
In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.
Battered by a marine heatwave, Kodiak’s cod fishermen may not be fishing in the Gulf for much longer
They’re now below the federal threshold that protects cod as a food source for endangered Stellar sea lions. As soon as the population dips below that line, the fishery closes. The whole federal cod fishery in the Gulf could be shut down for the season in January.