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Massachusetts State Fish

Massachusetts State FishWhat would Massachusetts be without Cape Cod?

Several East Coast states have an official freshwater and saltwater fish, usually the brook trout and striped bass. However, Massachusetts’ state fish blows all other state fishes out of the water.

Europeans began sailing to the New World to fish for cod in the late 15th century, not long after Columbus discovered America. At that time, cod swarmed in numbers that were deemed almost miraculous.

Native Americans and early colonists alike used cod as a source of food and fertilizer. The cod fishery eventually became a major economic activity.

Sadly, overfishing eventually reduced the mighty cod to a threatened species. A sculpture of a cod has hung in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for more than two centuries.

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