Who Killed the Grand Banks?

Who Killed the Grand Banks?

The Untold Story Behind the Decimation of One of the World's Greatest Natural Resources

Book - 2008
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While John Cabot's landfall may be in dispute, what he discovered is not: cod-and lots of them...

Historic accounts say that Cabot lowered a basket weighted with stones into the North Atlantic, then hauled it back up brimming with cod. The discovery of these fertile fishing grounds set of a centuries-long struggle among Basque, Portuguese, French, and English fishermen, and established a pattern of far-flung coastal settlements, called outports by Newfoundlanders, that ring the island.

And so the legend fits today: the Grand Banks became Valhalla, a miraculous, self-sustaining Eight Wonder of the world, feeding the known world for 500 years.

The catastrophic collapse of the fisheries, circa 1992, was unprecedente4d. An ecological disaster to rival any other-the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest notwithstanding-in modern history. This made-in-Canada plunder was part human greed, part stupidity, and part rapacity. Tarnishing Canada's standing within the international community, it holds the reputation of Canada's once-vaunted fisheries scientists up to ridicule. Sixteen years later, no one has taken accountability or apologized for the ruination of a centuries-old way of life and, taken accountability or apologized for the ruination of a centuries-old way of life and, more shocking, a stock recovery plan has yet to be produced...

There can be no forgetting-or forgiving-such catastrophic pillaging, Sparked by a second wave of environmentalism focusing on the state of the world's oceans, the Grand Banks cod collapse became a talking point, a sujet noir, now studied at universities and fisheries research centres, wherein students from around the world repeat this mantra: we must never allow our fisheries to go the way of the Grand Banks cod.

Publisher: Mississauga, Ont. : J. Wiley & Sons Canada, c2008
Description: 203 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780470153871
Branch Call Number: 333.9566 Ros


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Mar 08, 2013

Not hard to find the reason, the demise of the Cod fishery was self-inflicted.
Brings to mind words of some past great: 'there is a crowd of men....who are ignorant, that there is a thing called ignoramce...'
1497 - John Cabot's crew of teh Matthew pulls in wicker baskets of COD some, 6 to 7 feet long weighting 200 lbs; circa: 1990, draggers which scrap the ocean floor bare, pull in nothing.....
Lots of greed, infamy, dishonesty.
Makes Canadians look like sad spectacles, fools, small-minded idiiots. Now, these self-destroying people come west to run havoc over the land. Corruption, runs rampant.
This book just makes one sick.

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