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Decline of Atlantic Cod Stock

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"Collapse of the North Atlantic Cod Fishery." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collapse_of_the_Atlantic_northwest_cod_fishery.

The graph above shows a significant decline in the Atlantic Cod stock. The cod were not owned by one processing company and the government did not impose strict and enforceable quotas on the harvest. As a result, fisherman raced against each other to harvest as much as they could.

This is an example of

A

maximum sustainable yield.

B

positive feedback loops.

C

the second law of thermodynamics.

D

the Gaia hypothesis.

E

​the tragedy of the commons.