Cod: An Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries

Lay Summary 

The Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) has been an everlasting symbol of attachment for Newfoundland and Labrador. With the dwindling remnants of the once fairy tale-sized stock, it has developed into euphoria where many fishermen remain more excited catching a few cod when the food fishery opens. Cod has become synonymous with anything that is related to Newfoundland and Labrador.

This book originally started off to tell the story of the Newfoundland cod fishery, however it was realized that telling the story could not be done without telling the story of the marine ecosystems in which the cod and other fish lived. This intricate and holistic story is not meant to be a straight-forward story as many social and political events have also shaped the fate of the fishery.

This comprehensive story is written for anyone who may be interested in this field, but it reaches out especially to the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have ties to the fishery and also to those who think they do not have a tie. The information presented in this book is based on over 25 years of research and collaboration with other marine scientists. The cultural and political information comes from the work of others. This work is truly a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the history of cod in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fisheries Conservation
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Fishery Research
Industry Sectors 
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
Start date 
1 Jan 2007