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What's Happening To Cod In New England?07:50
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Dockworker Dominic Giovinco, of Gloucester, unloads cod from the fishing boat Lady Jane, in the background, at the Jodrey State Fish Pier in Gloucester on Jan. 16, 2009. (Lisa Poole/AP)
Dockworker Dominic Giovinco, of Gloucester, unloads cod from the fishing boat Lady Jane, in the background, at the Jodrey State Fish Pier in Gloucester on Jan. 16, 2009. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Cod stocks in New England are at an historic low, down 80 percent from a decade ago, according to new data from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

Those findings are contested by some in the fishing community.

Vito Giacalone, policy director of the Northeast Seafood Coalition in Gloucester, said, "Everyone that fishes the Gulf of Maine, amateur fishermen that go out for the first time — no one can believe that someone can actually say that this cod stock is not in good shape."

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Michael Palmer, research fishery biologist at NOAA and its lead analyst for the Gulf of Maine Cod Stock Assessment.

This segment aired on April 3, 2017.

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