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Eric Pedersen: “When we study fish, we need to find a way to measure what that species is eating, what is eating it and then the whole system around it.” | Photo: Ricardo Resende

Canada - How can Maritime fisheries prevent another species collapse?

Concordia researcher Eric Pedersen works with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to help prevent future environmental and economic catastrophes

At a time when the Atlantic fishery industry is facing pressure from the COVID-19 crisis and reaching out for federal help, a Concordia researcher is focused on how to help the industry.

“One of the things that can make fishing a difficult profession is the inherent uncertainty of the availability of fish stocks. The abundance of any single species can change quite a bit from one year to the next, and the kinds of regime shifts that I study can lead to even larger and longer-lasting shifts that are difficult to predict,” says Eric Pedersen, assistant professor of biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

“Things like Covid-19 just add to that uncertainty.”

For those who experienced the 1990s collapse of the cod fishery in the Atlantic northwest, life was very hard. The government moratorium put tens of thousands out of work and had a catastrophic effect on the regional economy.

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