Federal government to assess cod stocks annually

The federal government has accepted a recommendation from a Senate fisheries committee to more frequently assess cod stocks.

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc has ordered a full cod stock assessment every year -- a change from the previous assessments which were done every five years.

The most recent count shows there is population growth, but that the stock is nowhere what is needed for an expanded fishery.

The change will cost the federal government about $2.75 million a year.