Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse

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UBC Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Nature - 224 pages

The commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador was once the most successful fishery in the world. When it collapsed in 1992 causing the largest single-day layoff in Canadian history and irrevocable ecological damage fishermen, scholars, and scientists pointed to failures in management such as uncontrolled harvesting as likely culprits.

Examining the history of commercial cod fisheries in the region from the mid-nineteenth century, Managed Annihilation makes the case that the very idea of natural resource management caused the death of the cod. The collapse occurred when the fisheries were ostensibly managed by the state, and the fishery has still not recovered nearly two decades later. Although the collapse raised doubts among policy-makers about their ability to understand, predict, and control nature, their ultimate goal of control through management has not wavered it has simply been transferred onto new targets.

 

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Contents

1 A Sea Swarming with Fish
1
2 The Introduction and Development of Cod Fisheries Management
13
The Expansion of Management after the Moratorium
36
4 SocioEcological System Description of the Cod Fishery
56
5 From Managing Fish to Managing Fishermen
71
6 Managing Cod from Egg to Plate
91
7 Articulating Management into Cod Fisheries
106
8 Alternatives to Management and Managerial Ecology
116
Notes
134
Bibliography
162
Index
179
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Dean L.Y. Bavington is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland.