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Cusk  | Brosme brosme

Status: Endangered

Last Examination and Change: November 2012 (In a higher risk category)

Canadian Occurrence: Atlantic Ocean

Status Criteria: A2b


Reason for Designation: This species is a large, slow-growing, bottom-living fish that resides in the Gulf of Maine and Scotian Shelf, and which has been declining continuously since 1970. The mature portion of the population has declined by approximately 85% over three generations. There is also strong evidence that its area of occupancy has declined considerably. Average fish size has also declined, consistent with a decline in abundance.  Limited management efforts have not been effective in halting the decline.

Status History: Designated Threatened in May 2003. Status re-examined and designated Endangered in November 2012.

Find out more about this species on the Species at Risk Act Public Registry

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