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Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History…

Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod…

by Dean Bavington

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0774817488, Paperback)

The commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador was once the
most successful 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 and not
taking fishermen's concerns into account as likely culprits.

Examining the history of commercial cod fisheries in Newfoundland
and Labrador from the mid-nineteenth century to the aftermath of the
cod moratorium, Managed Annihilation makes the case that the
idea of natural resource management was itself the problem. The
collapse occurred when the fisheries were ostensibly managed by the
state, and the fishery has still not recovered nearly twenty years
later. Although the collapse of northern cod 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 from wild fish to
fishermen and domesticated cod.

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