Living on the Dead: Fishermens Licensing and Unemployment Insurance Programs in Newfoundland
Based on personal interviews with approximately fifty Newfoundland fishermen, conducted for the Royal Commission on Employment and Unemployment in 1985, this is a study of the small boat fishermen of Newfoundland. The paper outlines the policies of the federal government with regard to licensing and unemployment insurance and determines that both are problematic within the context of Newfoundland fishing communities. Despite their importance for the well-being of fishermen, these programs fail in their aim because they are designed for modern, urban-industrial economies with plentiful wage labor employment opportunities. When applied to small, rural, fishing communities, they result in unemployment, declining incomes and social dislocations in an otherwise egalitarian society. After identifying specific difficulties, the author suggests ideas for improving the programs based upon recommendations by the inshore fishermen, their organizations and the Royal Commission on Employment and Unemployment. See also: Maura Hanrahan, Statistical Overview of the Newfoundland Fisheries.
01 Jan 1988
Fishing, hunting and trapping
Strategic Research Theme
Community and Regional Development
Governance and Public Policy
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture