Description The Atlantic Cod is probably one of the most important commercial fishes of all time. For many countries, fishing in the North Atlantic meant fishing specifically for this species- both for the meat and for cod liver oil. A typical year might see a catch of close to 2 million tons of cod. It has been fished so intensively that regulations are now in place in an attempt to avoid a severe decrease in populations. Cod is probably most well known for its culinary properties, as it is quite nutritious and can be used in a wide variety of recipes- in fact the Portuguese boast that they can prepare a different cod dish for every day of the year.Atlantic Cod are commonly found close to shore as they tend to feed along the ground. The distinctive barbel on the lower jaw is used as a food detector of sorts. It contains microscopic taste receptors which allow the fish to do a taste test before ingesting its prey.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com