Murray cod was listed as a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in July last year.
The threat of a ban on fishing for cod , whiting and haddock brings home the stark reality.
These larger animals include the great schools of fish, such as tuna, menhaden, cod and mackerel, which we catch for food.
Helen ordered the baked cod , which came with tomatoes and I think basil.
And the Murray cod - a totem in both indigenous and settler cultures in these parts - has always been a prized food.
It is now illegal to fish for cod and lobsters are taken on a strict quota basis.
Populations of cod , haddock, halibut, red drum and yellowtail flounder are at record lows.
Following the collapse of white fish stocks like cod and haddock, the town has reinvented itself as the country's largest shellfish port.
Some types of fish - such as cod , tuna or halibut - have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than do meat and poultry.
The deer were gone, and the codfish that sustained the local economy was mostly salted for export.