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You should have had more faith in cod.

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Widely appreciated, with salt

This encouraging story from CBC News, “East Coast cod found to be recovering” (Jul 27, 2011), shows why ecology is a science and apocalypse isn’t. The cod fishery, destroyed by human mismanagement, is slowly recovering. During the ban on cod fishing, several things happened, including,

The study shows that the collapse of predators such as cod resulted in a population explosion of plankton-eating “forage fish.” The peak mass of such fish in the ocean reached up to nine times what it was before the cod collapse, spiking in 1994 and 1999. At such levels, they competed with and sometimes ate cod eggs and baby cod, hampering the cod population recovery.

But the overpopulated plankton-eaters eventually began running out of food, and their population started to decline steadily in the early 2000s.

Surprise, surprise.

And by 2005, the cod populations started to recover. All the system needed was to be left alone for a while. Not that it was designed or anything …  :lol:

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8 Responses to You should have had more faith in cod.

  1. 1
    Elizabeth Liddle

    Fantastic news!

  2. Wow there are some really offensive advertisements starting to pop up on this website. I know that they are automatically generated by the advertising company, but wow, I don’t like getting on UD and having women in their underwear all over the screen. I consider this a family-safe and workplace-safe site. I don’t know if there’s anything anyone can do about this…

  3. Uoflcard,

    Wow there are some really offensive advertisements starting to pop up on this website. I know that they are automatically generated by the advertising company, but wow, I don’t like getting on UD and having women in their underwear all over the screen. I consider this a family-safe and workplace-safe site. I don’t know if there’s anything anyone can do about this…

    Well darn…clearly I am not getting the same ads you are! Say moderators, is there any way you could switch the J.Crew ads I keep seeing with whatever uoflcard is getting? I think we’d both be a lot happier. :D

    In all serious though, I think that the ads that pop up are influenced by the cookies you have from places you’ve visited on the internet. Not positive on this, mind you, but you might try cleaning out the cookies on your computer and see if you still get those ads.

  4. 4
    Elizabeth Liddle

    It’s true, actually :)

    I hate to say this, Uoflcard, but if you are getting offensive ads, it means that something in your surfing is making the google algorithm think you like that stuff! Or someone’s surfing on your computer anyway.

    Clearing the cache is just a temporary solution!

    It can be quite funny actually. Right now, I’m getting nothing but ads for webhosts, presumably because I said here that I wanted to start a blog! (Also I did surf a few webhosting sites.

    Also, to be fair, the algorithm is pretty stupid. I did a bit of work on the exit polls in 2004, and I got loads of ads for changing my name by deed poll!

    So maybe just watch your word-choice :)

  5. H’mm: no popups here.

  6. 6
    Elizabeth Liddle

    kf is clean!

    But now I’ve got tapeworm ads and an ad for “Darwin Contractors” :D

  7. And I get ads for Lehman’s, a company that sells hard goods to the Amish (presumably because I bought three brass Dietz kerosene lamps from a similar supplier) and Jasper Cabinets (because I bought a curio cabinet online for my wife). So, if you are getting ads that you find offensive, it’s because you either surf to sites like that or bought something like that from one or more of them.

  8. Have faith in Cowd?

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