A Very Delicate World
This research explores the way people of the Bonavista Peninsula, who had previously been almost completely dependent on the fishery, have coped with the closing of the cod fishery in 1992. It is based on four out of 45 detailed life history interviews that were conducted in 1995, as well as a survey of 619 adults in 320 households that were conducted at the same time. By looking at the stories of four individuals, this paper explores the way people cope as being a mixture of external factors, such as the moratorium and government support programs, and individual factors specific to that person’s life, such as family and desires. Although people have little control over external factors, they do have control over their own lives and the decisions they make, such as whether or not they will take classes to retrain for another job. The decisions that individuals make affect their lives but also the Bonavista Peninsula as a whole and how it is changing as a result of the moratorium.
01 Jan 1995
Fishing, hunting and trapping Local, municipal and regional public administration
Sustainability In A Changing Cold Ocean Coastal Environment’ Funded By Environment Canada Through The Green Plan Administered By SSHRCC, NSERC And MRC.
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture