In Canada and New England, regional laws were created around cod even after America gained their independence.
In 1992, Canada banned Northern Atlantic cod fishing
Territorial waters were where countries could fish for cod, and this grew to conflict.
Due to a decrease in cod catch, Iceland extended its territorial waters by 12 miles. This spurred conflict between Iceland and Britain, and three unofficial wars called the “Cod Wars” took place regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic. The first was comprised of Iceland’s original territorial extension and Britain’s anger, and the later two comprised of more territorial expansion in Iceland along with other European countries supporting Britain’s anger.