The Moratorium

Who are we now? 20 years without cod

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On July 2, 1992, the federal government announced the northern cod moratorium. The move came swiftly upon the realization that northern cod stocks were at their lowest levels ever, and something had to be done before they reached extinction. At the time, it was thought the moratorium would last a couple of years. Twenty years later the cod stocks have not returned to former levels and the moratorium remains in place.

For hundreds of years, the fishery defined Newfoundland and Labrador, not only as the main industry, but as an activity that wove itself into our societal fabric, becoming a pillar of our cultural identity. If cod no longer plays such an important role, how does that affect the culture and identity of this province? Who are we now?

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