Tag Archives: Mike Litzow

Federal Gulf cod fishery likely to close as warming waters push cod numbers to lowest on record

The latest Gulf of Alaska trawl survey shows the lowest cod numbers on record. That threatens to close the federal Gulf cod fishery which was slated to begin in less than two months. Cod numbers have been declining for four years, and in Kodiak, just a handful of fishermen are still going after cod. It’s another example of how climate …

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Local researchers try to understand why Pacific Cod stocks are crashing in the gulf

Mike Litzow and Alisa Abookire clearing kelp out of their seine. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT On an island about four miles off of Kodiak, marine scientists working with the University of Alaska are trying to figure out why Pacific cod stocks are crashing in the Gulf of Alaska. And, how climate change may be affecting the fish when they’re …

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ComFish Forum: Climate Change and Fisheries

Sea ice off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea (Photo by Stuart Rankin / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A biologist went over climate change and its effects on marine life at Kodiak’s commercial fisheries trade show, ComFish, last week. Mike Litzow, a research faculty member with the University of Anchorage Fairbanks, explained how human-sourced carbon dioxide has interfered with …

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