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NOAA Contributing to the Recovery of Atlantic Cod Fisheries

Based on advice from NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit requested by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to use 500,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from a 103-acre offshore site in Massachusetts Bay for erosion control on 37 acres of Winthrop Beach. The material would have been removed from an area of the Bay designated as essential fish habitat for 26 federally managed species, including Atlantic cod. Atlantic cod is an overfished but economically, ecologically, and culturally significant New England fishery. NOAA advised the Corps on alternative sources of material that would avoid the negative impacts of the proposed project and helped to support cod recovery efforts in Massachusetts.

NOAA Contributing to the Recovery of Atlantic Cod Fisheries