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Study: Overfishing Altered Cod Evolution

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Study: Overfishing Altered Cod Evolution

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Study: Overfishing Altered Cod Evolution

Study: Overfishing Altered Cod Evolution

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New research published in the journal Nature suggests overfishing triggered an evolutionary change in Atlantic cod. The study finds most female Atlantic cod are now maturing earlier, because late-blooming fish were often caught before they could reproduce. Scientists say this favored fish that bred at a young age. Hear NPR's Christopher Joyce.