Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

When the Fish Are Gone: Ecological Disaster and Fishers in Northwest Newfoundland

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

When the Fish Are Gone: Ecological Disaster and Fishers in Northwest Newfoundland

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C. Palmer and P. Sinclair, When the Fish are Gone: Ecological Disaster and Fishers in Northwest Newfoundland (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 1997), 120pp. Paper. $17.95. ISBN 1-8956-8677-6.

With historic settlement of small-boat fishing communities, which had little social differentiation, north-west Newfoundland underwent a major technological and social upheaval from 1965 to 1980. By 1982, the impact of a dragger fleet (based on the 'otter trawl', a long tapered net dragged on the ocean floor) left these modern productive vessels in the hands of a few prosperous owners, while the majority of fishers were restricted by government regulations to utilising less productive methods. A growing ecological concern about the staple cod stocks led to the closure of the cod fishery at the end of 1993, which followed on from the moratorium on fishing for Atlantic cod off northeast Newfoundland. The book takes that scenario to consider the integration of theories of domestic commodity production (DCP) with those of resource management. This theoretical underpinning is the basis for looking empirically at the demise of the fisheries and the communities that they supported. …

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