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Comment on “Slow adaptation in the face of rapid warming leads to collapse of the Gulf of Maine cod fishery”

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Science  22 Apr 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6284, pp. 423
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9346

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Abstract

Pershing et al. (Science, 13 November 2015, p. 809) concluded that recent warming in the Gulf of Maine contributed to the collapse of Gulf of Maine cod. We argue that this conclusion is based on a flawed analysis of the population dynamics of this cod stock. We believe that understanding the potential role of climate change in the collapse of this stock requires more defensible analyses.

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