Oh My Cod: A Dying Breed Means Your Fish and Chips May Soon Get More Expensive

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OMC!!!
I headed over to the Libertine Bar this weekend to indulge in their weekend fish and chips special with a few cold Boddingtons. The move was a preemptive measure based an article published in The New York Times this weekend, which hints that cod fisheries could be in trouble.

The story didn't arrive at a firm conclusion about the state of cod fisheries off the coast of New England, but it was quite clear about the cod fishermen who work the waters: They're under the gun.

While a federal study describes cod as well on its way to recovery, a 2008 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey, which previously agreed with the positive conclusion, might have drastically overestimated the number of young cod, the Times reported.

Now federal regulators are meeting to decide whether to cut fish quotas by as much as 90 percent, or even close the waters off the coast of Maine completely -- an action that would cripple area fishermen who make a living hauling cod from the Atlantic.

The article doesn't take a guess at what the effect of closing the fishery would be on consumers, but decreased supply almost always means increased costs. The potential impact on area bar food is obvious: Fish and chips will cost more, hence my trip to the Libertine (that, and I'm always working on my waistline).

Libertine's fish and chips has a crisp coating draped around small pieces of cod. It was a good plate, but not the best I've had in Dallas. The Londoner in Uptown still has my favorite plate.

Editor's Note: We realize that the pun in the headline was a little lazy, so we wanted to let you know that we didn't just slap it on and hit publish. We considered several other cod puns, including:

Do You Believe in Cod?
Cod Almighty
The Word of Cod
The Cods Must Be Crazy 2
Are You There Cod, It's Me Vodka
Tim Tebow

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2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

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24 comments
Ralphy
Ralphy

Be wary of fish n chip places that say "cod" but they mean the inferior Ling Cod;  a disgusting fish (to look at) and not as tasty as Atlantic Cod ( the traditional F n C).

Cod Bless.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Cod fisheries have been in trouble for years.  When I was a kid it was so plentiful on the Mass. coast, they almost give it away.  It's a dang shame.  Cod is a good, and versatile fish, that grills well, smokes well, bakes well-and PERFECT for fish fries!  Some of my fondest memories are going home, and having a cod "cook off with" my brothers and sister.  I really feel bad for kids these days, they will miss out on so much of what was just a GIVEN when I was growing up. Once when I was a kid I caught 93 brook trout in New Hampshire.......in today's value, that's be like, $2000. worth of fish.   

Huck Finn existence!  Now, its all lets get FAT, the Macdonald's, and play tons of viddja games.  Sounds fun?  Nope. 

Allie
Allie

"Oh dear Cod!"

camarillobrillo
camarillobrillo

Well written codpiece, indeed! As for myself, I, personally identify as an "a-gadus" which simply means: one who is without belief in any cod or cods.

Guest
Guest

I hope to Cod you're right about the "comeback".

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

additionall: Look, no one stands to lose more from unsustainable fishing practices than a family-owned seafood market.  But in truth we (the industry and regulators) aren't exactly sure what is under the water.  the 2008 report said one thing, the 2011 said somethign else. and no one is arguming that both are correct.  Fact: One of the reports is wrong.  Which one?  Before the NOAA puts an entire industry out of business, they need to be sure what they are doing.

TJ's hasn't sold Cod in 2 years because of these concerns.  Ironically we just got a small shipment of scrod in this week because general opinion in the industry was that Cod was making a big comeback.  And this article prints same day! Cod-damn!

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

Some sustainable alternatives to Cod: Haddock, Wild Halibut, Pacific Flounder, Striped Bass

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Big Cod and the Monsters

Darren Schmits
Darren Schmits

"In Cod We Trust""Worship at the House of Cod this Sunday""This nation was founded on Cod""Cod made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Nemo"

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

Also acceptable would have been "Cod, Dammit" or "Are You There, Cod? It's Me, Scott."

Nick R.
Nick R.

We would have also accepted "Kneel Before Cod" or "No Codntry For Old Men"

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

As a youth, I once caught 70 crappie in a little over an hour...soooo, I have that going for me.  In today's value: 1 million dollars, give or take 1 million dollars.

First the Sawx meltdown, then the Brady meltdown and now Cod!  Dammit Kergs, the NewEnglanders are in need of your brand of leadership.

camarillobrillo
camarillobrillo

We still have the fish fillet sandwich...there will always be that, because i'm not even sure it's real fish or not.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Baldrick: My uncle Baldrick was in a play once.Blackadder: Really?...And what did he play?Baldrick: Second codpiece. Macbeth wore him in the fight scenes.Blackadder: So he was a stunt codpiece.Baldrick: Yes.Blackadder: Did he have a large part?Baldrick: Depends who's playing Macbeth.

Jim
Jim

Would that be the same as a Cod Merkin?

JesseHughey
JesseHughey

whoops, I missed that the "Are you there, Cod?" joke was already issued...

cp
cp

I think crappie is so underrated. I love crappie and I think it's also a pretty versatile fish.  

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