THE HIGH SEAS: The War for Cod

Consider your basic Gadus morrhua, otherwise known as the cod. Its skin is slimy. Its liver is smelly. Its mouth droops and its eyes bulge outrageously. Even its character seems less than admirable: the cod submits meekly to any fishhook in sight. Yet the lowly Gadus morrhua is hardly friendless. Indeed, for the third time in 17 years, Great Britain and Iceland have deemed their attachment to the fish so vital that they are engaged in another "cod war" against each other.

All three conflicts broke out when Iceland, which depends on fishing for 80% of its exports, unilaterally decided...

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