World Watch

Officials from Norway and the European Union agreed to temporarily ban fishing for cod in almost one-fifth of the North Sea. The ban, which extends through April and covers crucial spawning areas, is the first measure of a long-term recovery plan for cod stocks, which scientists say are in severe danger of collapse due to years of overfishing. It is far more extensive than original proposals put forward in December, when E.U. fisheries ministers agreed to cut this year’s allowable catch for cod by 40% from last year’s level.

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