Cod

Massachusetts State Fish

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Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod; photo by Joachim S. Müller on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Cod

Cod was designated the official state fish of Massachusetts in 1974. The cod fish (Gadus morrhua) has been a symbol of Massachusetts for over 200 years; a sculpture of a cod hangs in the House of Representatives. The fishing industry provided the Puritans with food, fertilizer, and revenue for trade (native Indians also used cod for food and fertilizer). Today the Atlantic cod is listed as threatened.

Massachusetts

Images

Atlantic cod; photo by Joachim S. Müller on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Atlantic cod

Videos

Cod: The Fish that Made New England | Pew