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Requiem for the Atlantic cod

It's greedy, it's ugly and it's built to last. For more than 500 years the Atlantic cod was the king of the global fish market, helping build empires, spark wars and found Britain's first colonies in North America. CBC Archives looks at how Canada's abundant cod stocks off of Newfoundland and Labrador were fished to the brink of extinction in what is considered one of the biggest ecological disasters of the 20th century.

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Rex Murphy delivers a post-moratorium lament for Newfoundland's cod stocks and explains why he thinks they were "a damned species."
Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Mar. 2, 1994
Guest(s): Leslie Harris, Patrick O'Flaherty
Reporter: Rex Murphy
Duration: 5:21

Last updated: February 14, 2013

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