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The following is a report from 1955 regarding the warming of local ocean waters and it’s effect on Cape codfish stocks:

Are the cod of Cape Cod waters taking to the waters far to the north of here? As John Cabot sailed along the shores of Newfoundland, and others explored up and down our New England shores, especially Cape Cod, they found codfish so numerous as to astound them.

Now some change appears to have taken place in the movements of the cod. For the first time in modern man’s history, cod are being caught off Greenland. Is this because the waters are becoming warmer here? Some fishermen, as if to confirm this theory, say that last summer more sharks were caught in deep water off the Cape. Well, if all the cod go north, we are better able to pursue and capture them now than we were when they were so bountiful about the Cape and we had to depend on sail for power to go and get them.

Of course half a century later we know that all the cod that used to be here went somewhere…

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 03/15/06
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