Atlantic Cod (Laurentian South population)

Gadus morhua

SARA Status
No Status
NS
Special Concern
SC
Threatened
TH
Endangered
EN
Extirpated
EX

SARA Status

  • No Status NS
  • Special Concern SC
  • Threatened TH
  • Endangered EN
  • Extirpated EX
COSEWIC Status
Not at Risk
NR
Special Concern
SC
Threatened
TH
Endangered
EN
Extirpated
EX

COSEWIC Status

  • Not at Risk NR
  • Special Concern SC
  • Threatened TH
  • Endangered EN
  • Extirpated EX

Description

The Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) is a member of the family Gadidae and has the following characteristics:

  • Classic, streamlined shape;
  • Three dorsal fins, two anal fins, a single chin barbel and a very distinct lateral line;
  • Color is generally grey, brown to green or reddish(depending upon the habitat) with spots on the lateral and dorsal surface;

Habitat

The Laurentian South Designatable Unit of Atlantic Cod consists of three stocks: the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO Divisions 4T-4Vn); 4Vn resident cod and the eastern Scotian Shelf (4VsW).

The Laurentian South population extends from the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, through the Cabot Strait down to the Eastern Scotian Shelf.

Threats

Fishing, both directed or by-catch, illegal harvesting and natural mortality can also affect the survival of the species.

Further Information

Visit the Species at Risk (SARA) Public Registry.

Atlantic Cod (Laurentian South population)

Atlantic Cod

Scientific name: Gadus morhua
SARA Status: No Status
COSEWIC Status: Endangered (2010)
Regions: Maritimes and Quebec

Atlantic cod distribution for the Laurentian south population

Atlantic cod distribution for the Laurentian south population.

Atlantic cod

Bob Semple

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